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Feingold Felt the Effects of ‘Citizens United’

One of the big law-and-politics stories of the past ten months has been the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which took away certain restrictions on political spending for corporations and unions.

The impact on political races has been tough to quantify. It’s just hard to know how much of the Tea Party movement and gains on the Republican side are attributable to campaign spending and how much is attributable to other forces.

Still, attempts have been made to make the connection. The NYT’s Michael Luo wrote a piece last month correlating Citizens United and the mad money that’s poured into the campaigns.

The latest attempt comes courtesy of the Washington Post’s Robert Barnes, who takes a look at Citizens United (and another Roberts-Court campaign-finance decision) in light of the senate race in Wisconsin between incumbent Russ Feingold and Republican businessman Ron Johnson.

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