Fears that Congress won't strike a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" and that capital gains taxes will rise Jan. 1 are driving a rush by U.S. companies and funds to close sales in 2012. Data provider Dealogic said follow-on offerings by venture capital and private equity firms total $35.3 billion, the most at this point in a year since Dealogic began tracking the data in 1995.

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