The economy may be in a recession, but people are as anxious as ever to spend their money trying to get into Congress.

So far this cycle, 30 candidates have spent at least $100,000 of their own money on their campaigns for House or Senate. That is nearly twice as many as the 16 who had done so at this point in the 2008 election cycle.

The Hill's analysis of self-funding in first- and second-quarter financial reports also found that 15 candidates have already ponied up $200,000, while just seven had done so two years ago...

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