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Super PACs raise $181 million from fewer than 200 people

Scholars and Rogues

As if we needed still more evidence that financial authority over national political campaigns is increasingly wielded by fewer and fewer really rich people, consider this exhibit:

"Super PACs raised about $181 million in the last two years — with roughly half of it coming from fewer than 200 super-rich people."

That’s the news from a study called “Auctioning Democracy” jointly conducted by Demos, an organization that says it practices “advocacy to influence public debate and catalyze change,” and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Both groups seek to strengthen, if not compel full disclosure and expenditure rules.