This was supposed to be a great year to buy an election. Thanks to recent court rulings, after all, billionaires are allowed to spend freely to elect their chosen candidate. But so far, money has not seemed to matter. As the numbers reveal, there is little correlation between independent ad spending (which often comes from super PACs and special-interest groups) and primary results, especially for Donald Trump.
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|PRIMARY AND CAUCUS WINS||MONEY FOR||MONEY AGAINST|
|($ IN MILLIONS)|
SOURCE: CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS
This appears in the March 28, 2016 issue of TIME.
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