Running for a seat in the House will also set you back seven figures. The average House member raised $1.2 million in the two years prior to being elected, or $1,700 a day.
There are some other fascinating facts present in this infographic. For instance, just 0.26% of all Americans fund 68% of all contributions to Congress. In fact, 99.74% of Americans gave less than $200 each. The finance, insurance, and real estate industry gives the most money to members of Congress.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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