Remote Control 2012: U.S. Senate candidates raise 51% of campaign funds from out-of-state sources

MapLight is a nonpartisan research group that tracks political money. In this study, MapLight examined out-of-state contributions received by the campaigns of candidates for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming 2012 election, as well as in the 2008 and 2010 elections. As of June 30, 2012, 51% of the itemized contributions in the 2012 senatorial election were from out-of-state sources. This is roughly consistent with figures from previous elections: In 2008, 60% came from out-of-state sources; in 2010 that number was 45%. So over the past three election cycles, a full 51% of all contributions to senatorial campaigns were made by people other than the candidates’ constituents.

"If money is equal to free speech, the rest of the country has a bigger say in selecting your senator than you do," said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight's president and co-founder.

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