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Independent Spending Had Little Impact on Election Results

Record spending by independent groups largely defined how the 2012 elections were fought, but the money had no dis­cern­ible impact on the outcome of most contests, according to an early analysis of ballot results and expenditures by The Washington Post.

A clutch of conservative billionaires and privately held corporations fueled nearly $1 billion in spending by super PACs and nonprofit groups this cycle, unleashing a wave of attack ads unrivaled in U.S. history. Yet Republican groups and their donors failed to achieve their two overarching goals--to unseat President Obama and return the U.S. Senate to the control of the GOP.

Source: Washington Post. Read full article. (link)

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