The Madeleine Brand Show for February 1, 2012

Super PACs place their stamp on elections

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

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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