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Spoiler alert: Voldemort beats Harry Potter (in fight over political donations)



Super fans are itching for it to be midnight already so they can see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part Two. We found another wizardly showdown -- with a political twist -- that may help impatient Buzz readers pass the time.

A Thursday entry in the Center for Responsive Politics' Open Secrets blog details the outcome of a new battle between Harry Potter and Tom Riddle (Voldemort's given name). The challenge: Who's given more money to political campaigns?

In this case, Riddle narrowly wins. From the Open Secrets post: Five individuals listed as “Tom Riddle” have together donated a total of $11,825 to candidates seeking federal office while two individuals listed as “Harry Potter” have donated a total of $11,400.

Keep reading the post.

We did our own search of the state's campaign finance database. No donors by those names turned up.

It's a stretch, we know, but a Florida-based contributor named Harold Potter sent $300 to Bill McBride's gubernatorial campaign in 2001, and another named Thomas Riddle gave $50 to Bill McCollum's attorney general campaign in 2006.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:25pm]


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