chapter  6
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Individual Donors in the 1996 Federal Elections

Individual campaign contributors were the most important source of funds in the 1996 federal elections, despite record soft money expendi­ tures by political parties and interest groups (see chapters 7 and 8). According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), individual con­ tributors provided some $1.5 billion in federally regulated donations. This figure included $126 million given directly to presidential nomi­ nation campaigns (which enabled those campaigns to obtain an addi­ tional $56 million in public matching funds); $444 million given directly to Senate and House candidates; $401 million to PACs, and $533 million to the Republican and Democratic Party committees.