News just broke that Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, lost the Republican primary to Dave Brat, an economics professor and member of the Tea Party.
This must have come as a shock due to the fact that Brat was operating on a drastically smaller budget. While Brat had to campaign on $230,000, Cantor had slightly more leeway with his budget of $5.7 million. In fact, the American Chemistry Council has been very generous to Cantor’s campaign, spending more than $308,731 in May alone on TV advertisements. They either have a crush on that handsome Cantor boy or they would like to purchase some policy influence on a revision to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Hopefully the news of Brat’s victory will teach donors that throwing money at a candidate doesn’t always guarantee an election.
People need to learn that throwing money might get you a private dance, but it doesn’t guarantee a happy ending.