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527 groups, which can collect unlimited donations, raised $506 million in 2008. They've already raised $236 million for this fall's election—and it's not even a presidential year. Here are the 10 biggest:
527 COMMITTEE / POLITICAL LEANING
TOP DONOR / AMOUNT
American Solutions for Winning the Future
Service Employees International Union
Friends of America Votes
College Republican National Committee
John Templeton Foundation
Carly for California
Carly Fiorina Enterprises
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Mid-Atlantic Leadership Fund
Democratic Governors Association
As of July 9. Top donors list does not include retired donors.
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Will these self-financed House and Senate challengers crash the party?
AMOUNT SELF-FINANCED / % OF TOTAL FUNDRAISING
Linda McMahon (R)
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO, grappling for Connecticut's open seat
Forbes 400 member, one of two Dems in the race for Florida
Sen. Mel Martinez's old seat
Carly Fiorina (R)
Former HP CEO taking on Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Head of Carlisle Capital, up against "mama grizzly"
Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire GOP primary
GOPer hoping to challenge
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
AMOUNT SELF-FINANCED / % OF TOTAL RAISED
Tom Ganley (R)
CEO of Ohio's largest chain of car dealerships, running against Rep. Betty Sutton (D)
Owner of Flinn Broadcasting, Tennesee Republican
Randy Altschuler (R)
Electronics recycler hopes to challenge New York Rep. Timothy Bishop (D)
Wink Hartman (R)
Owner of Hartman Oil, running in Kansas' open 4th district
Doctor and 1 of 11 Dems competing for Florida's 17th
As of July 23
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Below, this year's most costly Congressional races.
Florida Charlie Crist (I) vs. Marco Rubio (R) et al
Connecticut Linda McMahon (R) vs. Richard Blumenthal (D)
California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) vs. Carly Fiorina (R)
Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) vs. J.D. Hayworth (R)
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D) vs. Sharron Angle (R)
Tennessee District 8 George Flinn Jr. (R) vs. Roy Herron (D)
Minnesota District 6 Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) vs. Tarryl Clark (D)
New York District 1 Rep. Timothy Bishop (D) vs. Randy Altschuler (R)
South Carolina District 2 Rep. Joe Wilson (R) vs. Rob Miller (D)
Florida District 22 Rep. Ron Klein (D) vs. Allen West (R)
As of July 26
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Having trouble raising money? Shoot your mouth off and watch the cash pour in.
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rank among House
fundraisers, 2010: 4th
Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson
Rank among House
fundraisers, 2010: 5th
Rep. Alan Grayson
Rank among House
fundraisers, 2010: 7th
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Lawmakers' most generous donors of all time, from the predictable to the absurd.
16 members slurp up the most liquid assets from liquor makers and distributors, including 6 whose top donor is the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) scored $49K from the Pittsburgh Steelers, his top donor. His uncle owns the team; his grandfather founded it.
Columbus-based Limited Brands, which owns Victoria's Secret, has Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) amply covered. Its employees and PACs have given him $113,450.
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