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Published — December 28, 2014

2014 by the numbers

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$3.66B
The estimated
cost of the 2014 federal midterm elections
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$118.8M
The
total amount spent by candidates, parties and other groups in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race. Number of Senate races where more was spent: 0
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10
U.S. Senate races where all candidates, parties and other groups combined to spent
at least $50 million
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17,727
votes by which Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie lost to Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner
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$140,000
total amount raised by the We Can Do Better PAC, the super PAC
created to boost Gillespie
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11
state legislatures
gained Republican majorities in 2014
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$62.8M
estimated amount of money
spent airing TV ads in state legislative races in 2014
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$177,000
the total value of the gifts, vacations and loans former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was
convicted of receiving in exchange for political favors
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10
the minimum number of years the U.S. Probation Office recommended McDonnell serve in prison as a result
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6
Federal Election Commission
commissioners
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4
Federal Election Commission commissioners still serving despite their terms having expired
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$27.5M
amount of money Illinois’ Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner gave to his own campaign
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$37M
estimated amount of money Rauner’s campaign
spent airing TV ads
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100
age of real estate developer Leonard Litwin, the top donor to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign
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$1M
amount of money companies affiliated with Litwin’s real estate management firm gave to Cuomo’s campaign
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3,834
Number of TV ads that ran in
Alaska and Oregon to support recreational pot legalization
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$123,200
aggregate federal campaign contribution limit before April’s
McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision
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6
key U.S. Senate races where “dark money” groups accounted for at least
1 of every 5 TV ads
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3
key U.S. Senate races where “dark money” groups accounted for at least
1 of every 4 TV ads
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1/7
of TV ads in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race aired by a single
pro-Mitch McConnell “dark money” group run by a former McConnell aide
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3.86
percent of 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group applications denied,
in 1981, by the Internal Revenue Service
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.22
percent of 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group applications denied,
in 2013, by the Internal Revenue Service: 0.22
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163
U.S. colleges and universities
receiving money from private foundations led by Charles or David Koch
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$100M
nearly the collective amount of
surplus campaign cash controlled by former congressional candidates
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50,200
ads run during 2014 election cycle by pro-Democratic super PAC Senate Majority PAC, which ran more ads than any other outside group
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$78M
raised by liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action super PAC
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0
super PACs that raised more
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60%
increase in donations from the financial industry this cycle versus 2012 for Sen.-elect and
Banking Caucus member Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
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4
industry-friendly financial bills introduced by Capito during the 113th Congress, while she chaired a key subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee
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