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The Washington Post: It’s hard to be a moderate politician. It’s also more expensive.

By / 6.1.2015

PPI Senior Fellow Anne Kim wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post comparing liberal versus moderate Democratic campaign spending. Her analysis shows in the past three election cycles, self-described moderate lawmakers spent roughly twice as much as their liberal counterparts to win or defend their seats. In 2014, moderates outspent their liberal colleagues by a margin greater than 3 to 1 when all campaign spending is included.

This analysis is a follow up to a 2011 policy memo by Kim, The “Centrist Premium”: The High Cost of Moderation. 

Read Kim’s opinion piece for The Washington Post here.