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Dems out-collected GOP in last cycle

State parties raised nearly $823 million in the 2001-2002 election cycle, bolstered by millions from labor unions, corporations, wealthy individuals and the national parties, according to a new study by the Center for Public Integrity. About 53 percent of the total went to Democrats and 47 percent went to Republicans.

The parties also reported spending more than $790 million during the same time period.

While Democrats out-raised the GOP at the state level, it was no contest at the national level, where Republicans were about even with Democrats in now-banned "soft money" contributions, but held a tremendous 2-1 advantage in hard money contributions.

The Center collected disclosure records from 229 state party and caucus committees over the past year, making it possible to calculate the combined total of state and national party contributions in an election cycle--more than $1.6 billion, a staggering amount, especially given that 2002 was an off-year, non-presidential election. -- The Center for Public Integrity