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Voldemort Beats Harry Potter In Campaign Spending

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Our colleagues at the Center for Responsive Politics have dug up an interesting tidbit from their campaign finance database: The Dark Lord has outspent Harry Potter in political contributions. Of course, outspending your opponent doesn't guarantee victory.

(This corrects an earlier version that credited the Center for Public Integrity with the research.)

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Joe Neff came to The N&O in 1992 and has covered prisons, police, courts and the legislature. His most recent major work was "Prognosis: Profits" a five-part series about the clout and profitability of North Carolina's non-profit hospital industry. Joseph Neff is an investigative reporter who joined The News & Observer in 1992. His reporting helped lead to the conviction of former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and the exoneration of former death row inmate Alan Gell. Neff worked on Agents' Secrets, a four-part investigation into the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. He has also written articles on Blackwater, the V-22 Osprey, Mike Nifong’s misconduct and “Losing Track,” a three-part series showing trouble in the state’s probation system. Neff is a graduate of Northwestern and Columbia universities. He can be reached at