CHEAP SEATS: One of the advantages the big parties in #AE17 is how the scale of their operation drains costs. Karl Brophy has tweeted this fascinating breakdown of costs from the last Irish election…
Spend per seat won in € for #ge16
Soc Dems 63,529
Labour 154, 816
— Karl Brophy (@KarlBrophy) January 13, 2017
The Greens only won two, so at 73,396 those were a costly capture. But a desperate Labour party throw everything they had to save what they had and it didn’t help much. That’s got to be one banging headache.
Sinn Fein bagged a decent return in seats for the smallest per seat outlay at 28,269, with FF doubling their size for about 10k per seat more. Looks to me that if you already have economies of scale, the other determinant might be defence or attack.
Or maybe incumbents are just wealthier and therefore looser with money?
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