When I exit the program entirely and start over with a new game, I get a succession of three messages.
1) MiniDump: An error has caused PM2012 to stop working correctly. A report on this error has been logged for the developer.
2)Saving MiniDump File: Saving dump file to C:\ProgramData\Stardock\The Political Machine 2012\PolMachine20121_00-2012-08-01T11-05-43-449.zip
3) The Political Machine 2012 has stopped working (Windows is checking for a solution to the problem...)
Hope that helps.