Candidates for Congress and the Senate from Utah either spent a lot more or a lot less than average in their races, according to a new study of how much such races cost nationwide.

Common Cause, a government watchdog group, found in a study of reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission that the average Senate candidate in the United States spent $2.24 million campaigning through Oct. 19.But in Utah, Democrat Brian Moss spent only $140,279.

Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, spent $3.4 million - about 50 percent more than the national average. But that was still worlds less than the $12.4 million spent by Sen. Pete Wilson, R-Calif., the most spent by any senatorial candidate.

The Common Cause study said congressional candidates spent an average of $194,564 each. Half of the congressional candidates in Utah spent much less, and half spent much more.

Those spending more - significantly more - were Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, $375,811; 1st District Democrat Gunn McKay, $211,150; and his opponent, Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, $210,757.

Those spending less than average - and often much, much less - were 3rd District Democrat Robert Stringham, $7,000; 2nd District Republican Richard Snelgrove, $39,175; and Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, $102,900.

Of note, the Common Cause study showed that Hatch spent the 14th most of any Senate candidate, and raised the 13th most. He also raised the 12th most money from political-action committees.

The study showed that Owens raised the 15th most money from political-action committees of any of the 789 candidates for Congress.