In this feature, Creative Loafing takes a look at who's getting the money and who's giving it. But, first, a few pointers: Individuals can give up to $2,000 to each candidate each election cycle. Political action committees, aka PACs, can give $5,000 to a single candidate per election, $15,000 to national parties and $5,000 to other PACs.
But a big fat loophole in federal election laws allows for unlimited "soft-money" donations to the parties themselves. By the end of the 2000 election cycle, the Democrats and Republicans are expected to have raised $500 million in soft money contributions. That's more than double the amount raised in 1996. No wonder they call 'em parties!
CL's GUIDE TO MONEY IN THE 2000 ELECTIONS
Hmmm ... wonder why these folks are so generous?
Top soft money donors from Georgia to 2000 elections*
Neato facts on the race for the 7th District. (It's the eighth most expensive House race in the country!)