Between Jan. 1, 1999 and Oct. 1 of this year, the securities and investment industries together made $57.8 million in political contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group in Washington, D.C.

That is a 60 percent increase from the $36.1 million in political contributions the securities industry made during the 1997/1998 election season and still well ahead of the $43.8 million raised during the two-year period leading up to the last Presidential election in 1996.

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