House candidates pumping money into their campaigns

WASHINGTON – Less than a week before the special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, four candidates have raised more than $400,000 each, much of it from their own wallets.

The nonpartisan race for the 1st District seat in northern Mississippi has drawn 13 candidates, including 11 Republicans, one Democrat and one independent. Political experts say that’s unusual, as is the number of candidates financing their own campaigns.

“There may be a price of entry for this race because it is so crowded and it takes a lot of money to get known and break out of the pack,” said David Wasserman, who tracks House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “What’s even more unusual is that they all seem to be contributing about the same amount to their campaign.”

Six candidates have contributed at least $100,000 each to their campaigns, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.