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Mitt Romney: His super PAC burn rate soared in January

Mitt Romney had the biggest super PAC donations, and was the biggest spender. Can Rick Santorum's super PAC keep pace in Michigan and Arizona?

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting in Shelby Township, Mich., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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There’s plenty of buzz about campaign fund-raising, as a Federal Election Commission deadline Monday night brought forth a trove of data from the campaigns about their January spending. 

What do you need to know about the state of the campaign money game? Here are five things to note.

1. Show me the money - by state.

MapLight put together a chart showing that two out of every three dollars raised by super PACs - the groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money for presidential candidates without coordinating with said candidates - have come from just four states and Washington, D.C. Mitt Romney has raised the most super PAC cash in each of those locations, but you can slice and dice the numbers for yourself here.

2. How much mud would a super PAC chuck if a super PAC could chuck mud?

Answer: A lot more than last time around, that’s for sure. In the last GOP presidential tilt, just six percent of campaign advertising was an attack on other candidates, the Washington Post writes. During this campaign cycle, that number has shot up to more than 50 percent. Nearly three quarters of super PAC ads have been negative compared with 27 percent of ads from the campaigns themselves.

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