a Record. At the end of September, the final drop-dead date for the publication of campaign accounts, so six weeks to the finish line, the democratic candidates for the parliamentary mid-term had already collectively crossed the symbolic threshold of one billion dollars in donations, collected from small – and large – contributors. The previous record, in 2012, reached almost $ 900 million ; it belonged to the republicans.

money is the sinews of war, elections in the United States. It allows you to buy airtime and saturate the screens of advertisements negative on his opponent. It also gives the possibility of compensating strategists, to organize large gatherings, or concerts, to monitor the state of opinion in commander research and deploy on-the-ground volunteers armed with electoral materials. If it does not guarantee success, it gives a significant advantage: in 2010, on the ten-eight democrats who addressed the last line …

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