Mayoral Candidates Raced to Raise Funds Before New Limits Kicked in

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(Chicago Tribune) — In the waning days of December, Chicago mayoral candidates rushed to fill their campaign coffers with high-dollar contributions before they would become illegal.  Tapped for donations during the furious spree of fundraising were movers and shakers likely to seek a piece of the next city government, state records show.  Leading the way in the dash for cash was front-running mayoral contender Rahm Emanuel, who raised more than $1.4 million in the final 10 days of last year alone. About $1.2 million of that haul would have violated the new state law limiting campaign contributions if the donations had been made after the first of the year.

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