Political parties, funding organizations and political groups with operations in more than two prefectures collected 166.575 billion yen in 1996, a drop of 2.4 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Sept. 19 by the Home Affairs Ministry.

Spending by these groups rose 7.2 percent compared with 1995, amounting to 176.592 billion yen, the report says. But revenue from businesses and organizations rose for the first yearly increase in six years, totaling 17.804 billion yen, or 7.9 percent more than in 1995, it says.

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