Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has now chucked more than $27 million of her own fortune into her latest Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate.
It seems certain she'll spend at least another $3 million before Election Day. So, when you add in the nearly $50 million she spent on her first U.S. Senate run in 2010, McMahon's personal quest for electoral glory will have cost her a cool $80 million.
If she manages to beat Democrat Chris Murphy, we'll have a real good idea of exactly how much it costs to buy your way into the U.S. Senate. McMahon had virtually no political experience prior to her decision to try for Congress two years ago, and her only claim to qualifications for the job was her tenure as head of one of the sleazier pseudo-sex-and-violence operations on TV.
But money can do wonderful things in politics.
There is, for example, one of McMahon's latest TV ads featuring African-Americans who say they're both supporters of Democrat Barack Obama and of McMahon's Republican candidacy.
If you've got enough money, and McMahon certainly has that, you can even pay for political ads that have a patently absurd appearence.
McMahon is clearly trying to have it both ways: run against a Democrat who supports Obama, and get voters who are likely to help Obama rack up a big win in Connecticut over the GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Of course, that ad isn't likely to sit well with Romney supporters or lots of the GOP conservatives who think McMahon is on their side.