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4 Ways the Richest Americans Treated Our National Election Like a Plaything

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The latest FEC reports show just how manic the spending was--and why grassroots organizing still matters. In the final three weeks of the 2012 presidential race, the Obama campaign and its allies spent $10.3 million a day, while the daily burn rate of the Romney campaign and its allies was $7.9 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. In that nail-biting stretch after October 18, Obama had twice as many donors as Romney, a total of 1.3 million people giving an average of $41, which some analysts said was the result of a deliberate strategy to sound panicky in order to push people to not only give money but also to recruit them for Obama's get-out-the-vote effort.

In the meantime, in early November when most everyone's attention was on the White House, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party...

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