Puppet states: where the money went



Groups backed by the top spending national groups below accounted for nearly 40 percent of the $209 million in 2012 state-level outside spending. To see where national groups were active, hover over a group or state. Click on states or groups for a snapshot of their spending. Some outside groups and targets are missing because of poor disclosure requirements.

Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of National Institute on Money in State Politics and state election commission data