Iowans who gave more than $200 to a Republican candidate gave a total of less than a quarter of a million dollars. Since that amount is spent about every hour in television ads for the last several weeks, it’s clear that the great majority of the money in all the campaigns came from outside of Iowa. (And this isn’t even counting Super PAC money which technically can’t be connected to a candidate.) Thank the Center for Responsive Politics for their good work.
Why do the Iowa caucuses matter? Because they are a huge infusion of money into the economy of the state (at the expense of the sanity of Iowans who are subjected to all the ads).
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