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October 26, 2012

Bass gets most money from PACs

Individuals contribute more to Kuster, Guinta, Shea-Porter


There are reasons why Bass is getting so much PAC money.

“Bass has been in there a long time and has a lot of institutional relationships,” Southern New Hampshire University political science professor Dean Spiliotes said.

Bass is in his seventh term and is a senior legislator with a lot of connections, Spiliotes said.

“It is not unusual to see that,” he said.

“It’s easier for an incumbent to raise money from PACs because they are proven commodities,” St. Anselm College assistant professor of politics Chris Galdieri agreed.

Where Bass was a winner in a close race against Kuster in 2010, PACs also may believe contributions to him may do them a little more good, Galdieri said.

Spiliotes said the PAC contributions may reflect concern among those groups that Bass is in a close race to retain his seat.

PAC donors can be beneficial for campaigns because they tend to contribute their maximum upfront.

“So you don’t have to go back to them,” Galdieri said. “It’s less time and effort.”

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