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A mighty big spender illustrates campaign finance problems
A mighty big spender illustrates campaign finance problems

Anyone who closely follows American politics runs the risk of becoming inured to the role that money plays in the process. Even before the Supreme Court's infamous —and somewhat misunderstood — ruling in Citizens United, the amount of money in elections was soaring, breaking records pretty much every cycle. The numbers are so big that voters seem overwhelmed by the subject. Many just tune it out. And yet, the subject continues to haunt politics at all levels, and one local race this year offers a sobering reminder of how far down the rabbit hole election financing has descended. In the state Senate race for California's 26th District — a spirited contest that...

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