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Outside groups set record spending on Wisconsin races


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Special interest groups spent a record $7.1 million on Wisconsin legislative races this year.

  That's according to a report released Wednesday by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

  The top spender was the state's teachers' union.

  The Wisconsin Education Association Council spent $2.1 million on five Democratic Assembly races.

  Three of the candidates it backed won.

  The conservative Coalition for America's Families was second, spending $1.3 million against Democratic candidates.

  The report says coalition-backed Republican candidates won at least two races.

  Rounding out the top four were the liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee at $1.3 million and All Children Matter, which spent $900,000 supporting Republican candidates.

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