Political candidates raising big money

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’re not a fan of the ads, phone calls and mail that you are bombarded with during a political campaign, you better start bracing yourself now.

U.S. Senate candidates collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, according to an Associated Press analysis of campaign reports.

One western Massachusetts voter told 22News that she can’t believe that kind of money that pours in for campaigns.

“Definitely way too much for that kind of thing; money could go toward other things,” Amanda Pelletier of Springfield said, adding that the political phone calls bother her. “I don’t like them at all. It’s like how did they get my number? Cell phone numbers and stuff like that. I don’t want to be bothered by picking up the phone for that kind of call.”

Democrats on the ballot in 2014 raised more than $108 million last year, and Republicans raised $87 million.

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