Graphic from OpenSecrets.org (8/24/12)

The practice of combining several small contributions into one large contribution. Under current federal law, it is illegal for an individual to give more than $1,000 to a Presidential candidate per election Since that limit was first introduced in the 1970s, however, fund-raisers have tried to overcome it by the completely legal and widespread practice of “bundling.” Broadly it works like this: several $1,000 maximum contributions are solicited from, say, a corporation’s executives and their families, and the checks are sent to a candidate all together in a large “bundle.” While no individual has given more than the law allows, a lot of money has come from one place.

from Frontline: a citizen’s guide

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