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OpenSecrets.org Launches 'Races to Watch: Investigating the Cash Behind Election 2010'

WASHINGTON - The Center for Responsive Politics, through its OpenSecrets.org website, today launches a two-week-long series of reports on the money behind the 2010 federal election -- an election practically assured to be the most expensive midterm in U.S. history.

Dubbed "Races to Watch: Investigating the Cash Behind Election 2010," OpenSecrets.org's reporting team will show how money and influence, in all the forms it takes, are fueling candidates' congressional campaigns.

"The money, and the stakes, are both huge in this midterm election," said Sheila Krumholz, the Center's executive director. "If you care about how your political candidates are behing funded -- and influenced -- by corporate, labor and special interest cash, you'll want to read the 'Races to Watch' series every day."

Some of the series' articles will, for example, explore the political power of Wall Street and energy industires, a cash-giving divide between sexes and candidates' reliance on money far from their home districts.

Others will delve into Tea Party-backed candidates, cash-strapped incumbents and the rise (and fall) of self-funded politicos.

The series will run each day until Friday, Oct. 8, on which day OpenSecrets.org staff will conduct a live Web chat where you may ask questions of the series' authors.

Click here to view the Races to Watch series page, and follow the series each day on OpenSecrets Blog

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