06/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Campaign Spending Quadrupled From 2004-2008; Unions Were Biggest Spenders

Political campaign spending, you might say, is trending through the roof, and not just on the federal level. State politicians and political issue committees are raising historic sums, according to a study released today by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. And the spending works. Incumbent lawmakers raise more money than their opponents and they win 95 percent of the time. In 2004, Colorado politicians and committees spent $20 million winning and losing votes. In 2008, they spent $85 million.

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