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Best donors and dollars graphics

There’s no question that this was the most expensive election cycle in American history. According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets online database, the $6 billion spent nearly doubled what was laid out in 2000.

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Campaign finance panel who’s who

The 2012 election cycle cost an estimated $6 billion was spent — nearly double what was spent in 2000 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of course the huge increase in campaign spending follows the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. That 5-4 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said restrictions on independent spending by [...]

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  Common-sense rules for a ‘moneyed political culture that knows no limits’

As President Obama weighs an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending, Jon Meacham discusses why we need limits on our ‘moneyed political culture.’

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  Peter Stone on the influence of money in this year’s campaign

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham interviews Peter Stone of the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity on the influence of money and corporations in this year’s midterm elections.

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The shadow campaign: Big money in this year’s midterm elections

Need to Know examines changes in the campaign finance laws that are resulting in floods of corporate money flowing to campaigns — without knowing exactly where it’s coming from.

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As election season begins, spending on campaigns breaks records

Corporations and labor unions are spending record amounts on political campaigns, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling. Monica Youn of the Brennan Center explains the new rules and how they might affect the November elections.

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Interest groups spend millions to control state courts, study finds

Interest groups and corporations have spent millions to in an effort to influence state Supreme Courts across the country, a new study finds. Some experts — including Sandra Day O’Connor — fear justice can be bought by the highest bidder.

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In Kagan hearings, one case takes center stage: Little Guy v. Big Guy

In four days of confirmation hearings, senators seemed to want to talk most about a case that doesn’t actually exist — but which may nonetheless define the Supreme Court for years.

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