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Political Spending Sets New Records During Tumultuous Year

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In March, a federal judge agreed with Van Hollen that FEC disclosure requirements for outside groups running issue ads are too lax.

Nov. 7: The Sunlight Foundation releases its analysis of campaign spendersí return on investment, which proved disappointing for conservative groups that spent hundreds of millions of dollars but failed to capture the White House or the Senate. Among other findings, it shows that the influential GOP super PAC American Crossroads spent $104.7 million, but had a 1.29 percent return on investment.


Dec. 7: Post-election reports show that top donors from the real estate, casino, media and financial services industries poured six- and seven-figure contributions into super PACs in the electionís final weeks.

Dec. 28: Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., team up to introduce a bipartisan campaign finance disclosure blueprint. The plan signals a possible end to uniform Senate GOP opposition to campaign finance changes and a revival of the political money wars in the next Congress.

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