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02/28/2012 06:28 pm ET Updated Mar 05, 2012

HUFFPOST FUNDRACE -- Near Even In Michigan Down The Stretch

Running even... It's down to the final hours before the polls close in the incredibly tight primary race in Michigan between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. It's important to note that over the past week, as the poll numbers have stabilized to a near tie, the Romney campaign and his super PAC have been running near even with Santorum and his super PAC. According to NBC' Chuck Todd, Romney and his allies have spent $1.8 million in the past week to Santorum and his allies' $1.3 million. Romney has had difficulty winning outside of the Northeast and the Mormon Mountain West when he doesn't create a big spending disparity.

In overall spending Romney only outpaced Santorum by a 2-1 margin, the same margin that Romney put up over Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, a state that he lost.

Total advertising spending according to NBC' First Read:

Restore Our Future: $2.4 million
Mitt Romney: $1.7 million
Red White And Blue Fund: $1.2 million
Rick Santorum: $897,000

Romney blew away the competition on advertising spending in Arizona, which is not expected to be a close race.

Meanwhile, in the biggest Super Tuesday state, Ohio, advertising spending has already topped $4 million.

Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, and The Roots sang a super PAC slow jam last night.

Mitt Romney continues to articulate his view of campaign finance: scrap the whole system and replace it with unlimited contributions to candidates.

Vladimir Putin makes incredibly creepy ads.

The Federal Election Commission failed to reach a ruling on whether the Karl Rove-linked American Crossroads violated campaign finance rules barring the republication of campaign materials by a super PAC when it used footage provided to it by then-candidate for Senate Rob Portman. The votes split as the three Democratic commissioners refused to sign on to a proposed settlement that they believed treated "such a violation lightly." Since there is no way for the commission to rewrite the settlement, the commissioners chose to vote it down.

Democratic lobbyists aren't too keen on giving to the Obama super PAC.

Shareholders are pushing for political transparency from corporations.

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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), $6,497,135 to support, $17,942,276 to oppose.
Rick Santorum (R), $4,693,651 to support, $6,656,848 to oppose. (+$31,506)
Mitt Romney (R), $2,216,953 to support, $5,835,459 to oppose. (+$500,000)
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, $760,389 to oppose.
Herman Cain (R), $501,717 to support, $954 to oppose.
Gary Johnson (R), $518 to support, $0 to oppose.

RECENT INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

Freedom's Defense Fund, $20,000 to support Rick Santorum for President in Michigan.
Susan B. Anthony List, $117 to support Rick Santorum for President.
AFSCME, $500,000 to oppose Mitt Romney for President in Ohio.
USAction for a True Majority, $17,243 to oppose Brad Schneider for Congress in Illinois' 10th District.
Fidelis, $3943 to support Rick Santorum for President in Michigan.
Red White And Blue Fund, $7,446 to support Rick Santorum for President in Michigan.

Correction: This originally stated that USAction supported Brad Schneider. It has been corrected to show that they oppose Schneider and support his opponent Ilya Sherman.

RECENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE REGISTRATIONS

Protect Seniors Now, Louisville, Ky., Treasurer: Edward Richard Campbell.
The People's Super PAC, Seattle, Wash., Treasurer: Katilyn Wilkins. (Super PAC)

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