WASHINGTON -- You might call it a profile of "the last hurrah" of the now prohibited pay-to-play political contributions system in the municipal bond market.

The exhaustive article in last Tuesday's edition of The Bond Buyer by Chicago bureau chief Karen Pietog details the campaign contributions given by municipal dealers to Gov. Jim Edgar of Illinois over the last year and half, and it provides an excellent snapshot of how the curbs on paying money to get bond business have taken hold.

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