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Election Spending 2016: Eight Toss-Up Senate Races

A new analysis shows that “shadow party” groups, outside spenders with close ties to the Senate leadership of each party, have already spent $47 million in 2016’s closest U.S. Senate races.

Published: August 31, 2016

With control of the Senate at stake, "shadow party" groups with close ties to Senate leadership are pouring money into the most competitive contests — threatening to make parties more dependent on megadonors, corporations, and unions, while undermining contribution limits and the ban on coordination between parties and outside groups.

Election Spending 2016: Eight Toss-Up Senate Races