A campaign finance study by the Sun-Sentinel revealed that "Hispanics, who make up almost 12 percent of the overall population, accounted for less than 2 percent of individual contributions to federal candidates and political committees during the 1998 elections. That amounts to less than $10 million out of the more than $640 million given by individuals to federal candidates and other political committees in 1997-98." The Sun-Sentinel interviewed various political experts who claim that because they do not contribute to campaigns, "Hispanics have less access to elected officials, less of an ability to push the issues of importance to them and more trouble getting Hispanics elected to public office."
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