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Republican candidates spent money to make money
Republican candidates spent money to make money

The huge infrastructure that President Obama is putting together for his reelection effort was already visible in the first few months of spending by his campaign, which doled out $10.5 million for a massive bricks-and-mortar operation based in Chicago. Obama for America spent $2.2 million on salaries alone, with another $707,000 going to computer equipment and software. The priorities were different for his lesser-funded challengers, who devoted much of their resources to fundraising and travel as they raced around the country, trying to amass war chests for a primary battle that Obama will avoid. A close examination of the first campaign finance reports by the 2012 presidential...