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There’s so much “outside” money in this year’s mid-term elections that, in some races, the candidates don’t really control their own campaigns any more. We hear about unlimited contributions, corporate spending and secret money.  Also, Russia endorses Sunday's separatist elections in Eastern Ukraine, and the Latino influence in next Tuesday’s elections.

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Russia Endorses Sunday's Separatist Elections in Eastern Ukraine 7 MIN, 35 SEC

Last weekend, pro-Western parties won an overwhelming majority in the parliament of Ukraine.  But there was no voting in parts of Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists plan their own, separate elections this coming Sunday.  Roland Oliphant is in Donetsk, an eastern industrial city, for the Daily Telegraph.

Roland Oliphant, Daily Telegraph (@RolandOliphant)

In This Year’s Mid-Term Elections, It’s Big Money versus Big Money 35 MIN, 14 SEC

The US Supreme Court has taken the lid off campaign spending limits. Super PAC’s can spend as much as they want to. The result is that almost $4 billion will have been spent on campaigns for the Senate and Congress by the time the voting is over. Some races aren’t even controlled by the candidates any more.  The real players are big spending “outsiders, ”some of whom can contribute in secret. And it turns out that Democrats are so much a party of rich donors they’re sometimes beating Republicans at their own game. But, while everybody says they hate being inundated by TV spots, most voters learn what they know from political advertising.  

Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity (@davelevinthal)
Chris Lehane, Democratic strategist (@chrislehane)
Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner / American Enterprise Institute (@TPCarney)
Lynn Vavreck, UCLA / New York Times (@vavreck)

Center for Public Integrity on candidates being outspent by super PAC's, political nonprofits
Vavreck on “How I learned to stop worrying and love campaign ads”


Timothy P. Carney

Latinos Voters May Be Key in States Outside Southwest 8 MIN, 3 SEC

Polls have shown that the so-called “Latino vote” is really divided between the Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran-American and Cuban-American votes.  But, partly because of disputes about immigration, their voting patterns are more the same than they used to be. Latinos who see themselves as united could have surprising influence as soon as next Tuesday’s election.

In Colorado, Latino influence on a close race for the US Senate is taken for granted.  But there are growing numbers of Latino voters in the Red States of Georgia and Kansas and in Swing States, including Iowa and North Carolina.  Professor Matt Barretto at the University of Washington is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions and co-author of the new book, Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population Is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation

Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions / UCLA (@LatinoDecisions)

Latino America

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