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Money Doesn’t Buy Election Wins

Posted by wlpo on November 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Big spending by independent political groups in Illinois congressional campaigns went for naught. Winners in four of six competitive races for the U.S. House last week received less outside money than the losers.

An Associated Press analysis of federal data shows four dozen such independent committees spent $45 million in Illinois congressional contests – second only to California. The review shows 60 percent of that money went to losing campaigns.

The biggest difference was in Democrat Tammy Duckworth’s win over Republican Rep. Joe Walsh near Chicago. Outside groups spent nearly $6 million on Walsh’s behalf but just $700,000 for Duckworth.

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