Donors at hedge funds are on track to cut their contributions to Democrats by half compared with two years ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gestures during her speech at a fundraising dinner at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, Calif., on June 25. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Auto dealers present themselves as part of Main Street with no ties to the high finances of Wall Street, but that image is more nostalgia than reality. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill after a test vote on the financial overhaul bill Wednesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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