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Early activity in the race for the GOP nomination heralds a transformation across the country since a Supreme Court decision lifted the limits on individual and corporate donations to independent political groups.
Super PACs are now outspending the GOP presidential candidates on ads in what could be a $6- or 7-billion election year for federal races, rendering obsolete the old system under which donations were strictly limited to candidates and party committees.
"This is a radical change," said Trevor Potter
, a Republican election lawyer who advised Sen. John McCain
(R-Ariz.) in his 2008 presidential bid.
If present trends continue, the 2012 election will reverse more than a century of efforts to curb the influence of big money on politics.
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