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Wookie

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Korea, Korean
Monied interests seeking to influence court decisions are spending lavishly to boost preferred candidates, much as they do in campaigns for regular political office. Today’s round of judicial elections in Washington State points to the seriousness of the problem and its threat to judicial integrity, independence and impartiality. (source)

What does "much as they do" mean?
Is that a kind of inversion?
 
  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hi Wookie,

    It means "in the same way that they do" or "just as they do" in this context: Monied interests seeking to influence court decisions are spending lavishly to boost preferred candidates, in the same way that they do / just as they do in campaigns for regular political office.
     
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