Wealthy donors have more access than ever

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EXCLUSIVE | In the wake of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision, more than 300 wealthy donors — most favoring GOP candidates — have already exceeded the previous $123,200 cap on total contributions.

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