A summary of the patterns that emerged from a detailed examination of the $2.4 billion in campaign funds that was raised for the 1996 elections. Discusses where the money came from by industry & issue group, the top-spending Presl. candidates, self-financed candidates, issue ads, & PAC campaign spending. Makes comparisons to the 1994 election cycle, & examines business, labor & ideological giving in 1995-96; top contributors; industry & interest group profiles; & city-by-city metro area totals. Charts & tables depict which interest groups & industries contributed the most, how much they spent, & which candidates received these contributions.