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03/19/2012 05:59 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2012

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Santorum Swamped By Super PAC In Illinois

Tomorrow Illinois Republicans head to the polls to pull the lever for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Ron Paul. Those voters will have had a couple weeks of bombardment from the super PACs supporting the candidates. Yet again, the super PACs outspent the candidate campaigns on television advertising. The vast majority of that super PAC ad spending came from Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney that has become better known as the Death Star. Here's a breakdown of the super PAC spending.

Anti-Santorum: $2,641,806
Pro-Santorum: $310,000
Pro-Gingrich: $17,604

Barack Obama's campaign leaked this morning that they had raised $45 million in February. That likely is split between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. That total would be a banner month for the president's reelection, but still falls far short of the $56 million he raised in February 2008 when he was not raising money with the help of the DNC, which can accept contributions as large as $30,800. More to come on this tomorrow when the president and the GOP candidates will file their monthly reports.

According to a Washington Post report, the president has struggled to bring in big campaign donors with fewer max-out donors at the this point in the campaign than in 2008.

Federal contractors, despite a ban on giving, have contributed hundreds of thousands to the super PAC backing Mitt Romney's candidacy.

A terrific reconstruction of Obama's donor pitch from pool reports of his speeches at fundraisers over the last year.

The Wall Street Journal bemoans shareholders using their power to pressure corporations to disclose their political donations.

Media companies like NewsCorp and CBS are opposing an effort by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put political ad buy data online for the first time.

Are companies and individuals deducting their contributions to secret money political nonprofits from their taxes? A report from ProPublica looks into the question.

AD WATCH

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Committee: Richard Lugar for Senate
Candidate Opposed: Richard Mourdock
Spot: "Vision"
Market: Indiana.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Democratic National Committee
Candidate Opposed: Mitt Romney; Republicans
Spot: "Romney and GOP: Allowing Health Insurance Companies to Discriminate Against Women"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Republican National Committee
Candidate Opposed: Barack Obama
Spot: "Obama's War on Women"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Candidate Opposed: Rick Santorum
Spot: "Man of Principles"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Candidate Opposed: Rick Santorum
Spot: "Our Favorite"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Mitt Romney for President
Candidate Opposed: Barack Obama
Spot: "None of the Above"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Newt Gingrich for President
Candidate Opposed: Barack Obama
Spot: "Ideas Have Consequences"
Market: Unknown.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: Campaign for Primary Accountability
Candidate Opposed: Donald Manzullo
Spot: "Don Manzullo the Washington Weathervane"
Market: Illinois 16th District.
Buy: Undisclosed.

Committee: David Dewhurst for Senate
Spot: "Flatline: The Economy After Obamacare"
Market: Texas.
Buy: Undisclosed.

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), $12,760,055 to support, $18,881,563 to oppose. (+$4,953)
Rick Santorum (R), $7,241,416 to support, $16,826,388 to oppose. (Support: +$3,474, Oppose: +$863,947)
Mitt Romney (R), $2,502,577 to support, $6,428,146 to oppose. (+$146,983)
Rick Perry (R), $4,167,697 to support, $1,404 to oppose.
Ron Paul (R), $3,735,676 to support, $214,158 to oppose.
Jon Huntsman (R), $2,453,204 to support, $0 to oppose.
Barack Obama (D), $280,441 to support, $928,780 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Strong America Now Super PAC, $4,953 to support Newt Gingrich for President in Louisiana.
Restore Our Future, $504,911 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Wisconsin.
Restore Our Future, $85,000 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Illinois.
FreedomWorks for America, $2,723 to oppose Richard Lugar for Senate in Indiana.
FreedomWorks for America, $9,958 to support Richard Mourdock for Senate in Indiana.
FreedomWorks for America, $5,314 to support Donald Manzullo for Congress in Illinois' 16th District.
Sam Vs. The Machine, $6,114 to support Sam Rohrer for Senate in Pennsylvania.
Susan B. Anthony List, $1,201 to support Rick Santorum for President.
Restore Our Future, $146,983 to support Mitt Romney for President in Louisiana.
Restore Our Future, $52,715 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Louisiana.
Restore Our Future, $195,789 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Illinois.
Young Guns Action Fund, $52,000 to support Adam Kinzinger for Congress in Illinois' 16th District.
Restore Our Future, $25,532 to oppose Rick Santorum for President in Illinois.
Susan B. Anthony List, $2,273 to support Rick Santorum for President.
FreedomWorks for America, $9,950 to oppose Orrin Hatch for Senate in Utah.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $4,162 to support Deborah Halvorson for Congress in Illinois' 2nd District.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $1,101 to oppose Jesse Jackson, Jr. for Congress in Illinois' 2nd District.
Campaign for Primary Accountability, $93,000 to oppose Donald Manzullo for Congress in Illinois' 16th District.
AUL Action NFP, $7,725 to oppose Bob Kerrey for Senate in Nebraska.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

Draft Sarah Palin Movement, Casa Grande, Ariz., Treasurer: Roger Jewell.
Putting America First, Alexandria, Va., Treasurer: Chris Marston. (Super PAC)

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