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2012 election campaigns topped $6 billion, watchdog group reports

The Center For Reponsive Politics has tabulated the cost of the 2012 elections and they report its a record. 

The 2012 Election: Our Price Tag (Finally) for the Whole Ball of Wax

"With the final 2012 campaign finance reports, and their amendments, all in (well, mostly), the Center for Responsive Politics calculates that the elections cost at least $6.3 billion -- more than we previously estimated. The final figure cements 2012's status as the most expensive election cycle ever."