SGA 2011 campaigns most expensive ever

Candidates from the Reach campaign, winners of last week’s election for the UT Student Government Association, have set a new record for campaign fundraising with an estimated $1.5 billion spent on donuts, coffee, bottled water, T-shirts, and Little Debbie snack cakes, as well as a total of 850,000 hours of radio and television advertisements across the United States.

Lindy Grawth, Reach’s 2011 campaign manager, reported that the party spent 50% of its campaign budget ($750,000,000) on hot dogs and another 25% on  Kuzies and bumper stickers.

Donations to both Reach and its opposition party, Spark, poured in as big oil companies, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interest groups took advantage of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, enabling corporations and unions to make direct financial contributions to meaningless resume padding.

“Money speaks,” said Jamie Dimon, C.E.O. of JPMorgan Chase, the top corporate donater in this year’s election, contributing one-third of the total funds raised by Reach. “And our voices have been silenced long enough. I think I speak on behalf of all of corporate America when I say that it’s about time the government stopped limiting the political speech of corporations and started insuring our fundamental right to throw as much money as we want at utterly insignificant political shenanigans in American universities.”

In previous years, UT has maintained a $7,250 cap on all student government campaigns. 2011 marks the first year that this cap has been lifted, and the result has been a 20689555% increase from the amount raised last year by SGA campaigns.

Reactions have been mixed among the 7% of UT students who actually vote in SGA elections. One lone student protested outside the library on election day with a sign that read “Keep big-money interests out of our school” but was forced to leave when a rambunctious group of over thirty people in matching Reach T-shirts began playing ultimate Frisbee along the entire extent of the pedestrian walkway. However, the majority of voters seem unfazed by the amount of money spent on this year’s campaigns.

“After all, who can say no to a hot dog? Not me—and that’s why I voted for Reach!” said freshman Rutt Jefferson, political science major and first time voter in SGA elections.

UT economists estimate that this year’s campaign fundraising likely exceeded any amount of money ever spent on any school election anywhere to date.

–All writing and reporting by Esther Tuttle

Short URL:

Posted by on Apr 21 2011. Filed under ALL THINGS AARON CARTER, Knoxville News, News, READ THESE OR YOUR CHILDREN MIGHT DIE. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

Comments are closed

Search Archive

Search by Date
Search by Category
Search with Google
Log in | Designed by Gabfire themes