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The Other Campaign Madness: Mega-Donors

January 01, 1970 | The New York Times | Opinion
Whatever voters’ disappointment with the fractious and bitter election campaign, the moneyed forces underpinning the candidates are quietly doing very well. It’s estimated that the $6.3 billion record set for election spending by presidential and congressional candidates in 2012 will be surpassed by at least a billion dollars this year, driven by affluent mega-donors whose insider heft with politicians grows with each seven-figure check they write.
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