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    Threat of big money continues to loom over elections

    Re “Independent groups’ big money had little impact on vote results” (Page A14, Nov. 8): It’s true that, despite the “dire predictions” that President Obama and other Democrats made about the new Citizens United-enabled groups, they seemed to have had little impact in the election results. But let’s not be too dismissive of the effect of this fundamental change in our electoral dynamics.

    They contributed mightily to the barrage of fear-mongering and personal attack ads that made this election cycle particularly negative and derisive, and they play an influencing role in the no-compromise, no-progress politics of extremism.

    And, while their political impact missed the mark, the threat of this “new class of wealthy political groups” remains.

    Rob Hazen