Spending by outside groups top $2M in House race

Congressman Tim Bishop speaks during a debate with

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Congressman Tim Bishop speaks during a debate with his opponent, congressional candidate Randy Altschuler, at the Riverhead Baptist Church. (Sept. 23, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

Spending by outside interest groups in the congressional race between Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and St. James Republican Randy Altschuler has topped $2 million -- double the total spent by such groups when the candidates first squared off in 2010.

Prosperity First Inc., a new super PAC largely funded by East Setauket hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, on Tuesday purchased $104,868 in...

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