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How Citizens United Is Affecting Campaigns

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In Nebraska, wealthy businessman Joe Ricketts used his money to create a super PAC that supported state Sen. Deb Fischer in the GOP Senate primary. Fischer was not the frontrunner, but she managed to make a late push and won the primary earlier this month.

The danger for Republicans now, but possibly Democrats in the future, is that a small group of wealthy ideologues will use the new organizations to nominate and elect a large enough number of extreme Members.

The near-term danger for Republicans involves libertarians, who could redefine the GOP in a way that would cripple, or even fracture, the party.

Stuart Rothenberg is editor of the Rothenberg Political Report.

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