If you're running for office, you already know it's expensive.
Signs, advertising, traveling: it adds up. But political expert and OU professor Rodger Randle says, in some cases, money is becoming too important.
The 2NEWS Investigators found that just for the District 1, 2 and 3 congressional campaigns.
Candidates raised almost $2 million in all.
Randle is concerned that expectations may come with that donation.
"The more campaigns cost, the more we make these candidates dependent upon this special interest money and that's dangerous to the rest of us because we want candidates who represent us, not simply big financial interests that have a stake by benefiting (from) laws enacted," said Randle.
Another concern of Randle's, is just how much money Super PACS are giving. They gave $665,000 to District 1, 2 and 3 congressional races that makes up a whopping 35 percent of all the money brought in.
Randle also say money could factor into the Tulsa County Vision2 campaign.
He says while people were at the polls voting for the presidential race, they may have seen Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 on the ballot. While they may not know much about it, they may be more inclined to vote on it just because they're already there.
"They're going to find this other issue that may be they don't know very much about and because they don't know much about that the power of the commercials and the advertising really can be a tipping force in favor of the issue," said Randle.
The pro Vision2 campaign raised almost $600,000. While those against it, brought in a fraction of that -- $11,000. Still both parties say their messages are what resonate with voters most.
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