Florida Republican Congressional candidate David Jolly talking with supporters in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. Need proof outside money is going to matter in this year’s elections? Just look at spending this week. Republicans are sending almost $2 million into a Florida special election for the U.S. House and Democrats are standing by with almost the same amount. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

Campaign Committees Raise Almost $500M

WASHINGTON (AP) — The major campaign committees collected almost a half-billion dollars in 2013 — a year when just two states chose governors, two had special Senate elections and six House districts had unplanned races — and spent most of it. That eye-popping sum doesn’t capture the millions raised and spent by the candidates themselves […]