New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political committee has pumped more than a million bucks into the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Some are criticizing the move, but political scientist Kent Redfield says it's just the nature of the beast when it comes to campaign financing.
Redfield says most of the time the candidates don't go out soliciting Super PAC support and they typically don't have any control over outside money. Robin Kelly got a major boost last week when Bloomberg's PAC decided to endorse her and do an ad blitz against several opponents. State Senator Toi Hutchinson decided to drop out of the race, and then several major political players backed Kelly after the endorsement. Redfield says winning an election is ultimately about the candidate and the platforms they support, not so much about the money that's spent in the race.