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Donors flooded state level PACs with big checks
Sunlight Foundation

If you think the $6 billion spent during the last election cycle on federal races was a lot, consider this: Another $1.4 billion that up until now was nearly impossible to total up on a national level flowed into campaigns through political committees that don’t report to the Federal Election Commission because they operate only at the state level.

That’s more than the $1.2 billion traditional PACs–the kind that give directly to candidates–collected at the federal level. And it reflects giving in just 23 states, those included in a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of data compiled by the National Institute of Money in State Politics.