- Candidate Self-financing, More Harm Than Good?

Helena MT-Financing one's own campaign may create an obstacle to success rather than an advantage.

A new report, "Candidate Self-financing: More Barrier Then Stepping Stone," issued by The National Institute on Money in State Politics reviewed the outcome of state races involving the top 10 self-funded candidates and found that the historic pattern of self-funded candidates still holds: self-funded money does not guarantee success.

Each of the top ten self-funders are in the top one percent of fundraisers at the state level in the 2010 elections so far.  View individual candidates and their contributions here.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics collects and analyzes campaign contribution information on state-level candidates, political party committees, and ballot committees. Its free, searchable database of contributions, as well as the full text of the report is available online at, or through the Institute's blog, The Money Tale.