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Small gifts make big – and murky – difference in campaign finance

Arizona was fairly giving this election season, kicking in at least $16 million to presidential candidates, according to the Federal Election Commission. “At least” being the operative phrase. The FEC does not require campaigns to detail the source of every nickel and dime donated to a candidate, even though unitemized “small gifts” accounted for $372.5 million of the $1.3 billion donated to presidential campaigns in the last election.

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Dec 21, 2012, 4:43 pm
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This is a good piece.

I’d like to see a piece as to why sometimes political parties refuse to financially help, or even endorse, their own party’s candidate. For the city council last year, Joe Flores got sacrificed to keep ReHEEEEEeeeeeEEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEEeeeeena in power. And, in the CD3 race, as best I could tell Gabby Saucedo Mercer didn’t get any help whatsoever in defeating the candidate that needed to be defeated the most. Two years prior, McClung got help but it came way too late.

Both parties engage in this idiocy. What gives?

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