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03/02/2012 07:10 pm ET Updated Mar 05, 2012

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Super Tuesday Super PAC

Massive late buys reported by the Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich super PACs before Super Tuesday. The Romney super PAC is blasting Rick Santorum with another $2-plus million across the Super Tuesday states. That's the second day in a row that the super PAC has reported more than $2 million in spending targeting Santorum. Most of this spending is going to the battleground state of Ohio. The Gingrich super PAC, meanwhile, made a large national radio ad buy topping $280,000 and other purchases across Super Tuesday states. The Santorum super PAC dropped $250,000 to support their candidate in Ohio.

Democratic mega-donors are reticent to join in the big money orgy sparked by the creation of super PACs by giving to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Barack Obama super PAC.

Citizens United unintended consequence #1,432,392: Way more negative ads. More on this at HuffPost tomorrow.

A Credit Suisse executive sent a fundraising e-mail for Mitt Romney around to his employees, some of whom were not American citizens. They didn't like the solicitation very much.

The New York Times public editor weighs in on the debate over whether Citizens United lead to the creation of super PACs or not.

Super PACs push the pet issues of mega-donors.

A good review of books about campaign finance by Harvard professor Larry Lessig and convicted felon Jack Abramoff.

Presidential campaign spending as a percent of GDP was out of control in 1896!

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TRACKING INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

These numbers represent spending by independent groups, like super PACs and non-profits, to support or oppose a particular candidate for the presidency in 2012. Fundrace will update this spending daily to help show which candidates are gaining from the proliferation of independent groups in this coming election.

Newt Gingrich (R), $9,349,500 to support, $18,405,691 to oppose. (Support: +$590,118, Oppose: $463,415)
Rick Santorum (R), $5,196,014 to support, $11,198,710 to oppose. (Support: +$258,647, Oppose: +$2,155,196)
Mitt Romney (R), $2,238,582 to support, $5,837,462 to oppose. (+$21,629)
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R),$3,719,227 to support, $133,333 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $287,153 to support, $813,172 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Restore Our Future, $39,833 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Mississippi.
Restore Our Future, $93,726 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Alabama.
Restore Our Future, $7,055 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Oklahoma.
Restore Our Future, $10,563 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Mississippi.
Restore Our Future, $1,052,802 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Ohio.
Red White And Blue Fund, $257,061 to support Rick Santorum for President in Ohio.
MoveOn.org, $33,161 to oppose Bradley Schneider for Congress in Illinois' 10th District.
American Foundations Committee, $74,023 to support George Holding for Congress in North Carolina's 13th District.
Priorities USA Action, $77,223 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Ohio.
FreedomWorks for America, $12,797 to oppose Orrin Hatch for Senate in Utah.
Restore Our Future, $38,318 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Mississippi.
Susan B. Anthony List, $1,586 to support Rick Santorum for President.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $4,333 to oppose Marcy Kaptur for Congress in Ohio's 9th District.
Restore Our Future, $89,982 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Alabama.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $14,918 to support Debbie Halvorsen for Congress in Illinois' 2nd District.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $20,950 to oppose Jean Schmidt for Congress in Ohio's 2nd District.
Winning Our Future, $35,847 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Georgia.
Winning Our Future, $37,650 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Tennessee.
Winning Our Future, $35,342 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Ohio.
Winning Our Future, $38,865 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Kansas.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Alaska.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Alabama.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Idaho.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Massachusetts.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in North Dakota.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Oklahoma.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Vermont.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Virginia.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Wyoming.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Hawaii.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Mississippi.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Missouri.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Illinois.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $25,000 to oppose Spencer Bachus for Congress in Alabama's 6th District.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Louisiana.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in D.C.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Maryland.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Texas.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Wisconsin.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Connecticut.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Delaware.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in New York.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Pennsylvania.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Rhode Island.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in North Carolina.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in West Virginia.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Nebraska.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Oregon.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Arkansas.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Kentucky.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in California.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Montana.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in New Jersey.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in New Mexico.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in South Dakota.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Utah.
Winning Our Future, $11,957 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Washington.
Restore Our Future, $10,528 to support Mitt Romney for President in Tennessee.
Restore Our Future, $293,534 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Tennessee.
Restore Our Future, $6,977 to support Mitt Romney for President in Oklahoma.
Restore Our Future, $165,833 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Oklahoma.
Restore Our Future, $2,065 to support Mitt Romney for President in Georgia.
Restore Our Future, $463,415 to oppose Newt Gingrich for President in Georgia.
Restore Our Future, $2,059 to support Mitt Romney for President in Ohio.
Restore Our Future, $294,100 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Ohio.
Restore Our Future, $69,480 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Idaho.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

Californians for Accounability in Leadership, Sacramento, Calif., Treasurer: Donald Bauer.
Res Publica, Apopka, Fla., Treasurer: Jaron Sperling. (Super PAC)
Liberty Principles PAC, Chicago, Ill., Treasurer: Dan Proft. (Super PAC)

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