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Super PACs place their stamp on elections

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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"FOR SALE" and "SOLD" signs as part of rally in Washington D.C. for campaign finance reform. takomabibelot/Flickr

Yesterday was the deadline to file campaign expenditure reports for the final quarter of 2011.

The results: President Obama has the most money – $125 million – more than twice as much as Mitt Romney, who has about $57 million.

Then there are the super PACs – those organizations that are now allowed to raise unlimited cash to influence voters. And their spending could far exceed the candidates' this year.

Super PAC spending has already eclipsed $60 million, and there's still 46 states left in the primary calendar. And general election campaigns have yet to begin.


Kim Barker at ProPublica joins the show.

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