What was the most unusual campaign expenditure of the 2010 Senate contest?

There was so much attention paid in the 2010 Senate contest to Republican Linda McMahon’s profligate spending, that we somehow missed this little gem: a $97 expenditure by businessman Merrick Alpert, an unsuccessful contender in the race, on a “Chicken costume.”

What did Alpert need a chicken costume for? Well, it has to do with the eventual winner of the Senate seat, Democrat Richard Blumenthal. Capital Eye Opener, a blog by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, has the full scoop.