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After Tough 2012, Conservative Koch Brothers Regroup

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The Supreme Court denied the petition of businessmen who say the 2010 Citizens United ruling makes it legal for corporations to contribute directly to candidates. The court building is seen here during renovations in December. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to campaign-finance laws that could open the door to further money in politics beyond what Citizens United achieved. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How New Jersey's High-Flying Sen. Menendez Ran Into Turbulence

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Obama's Record On Political Money One Of Ambivalence

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Even Without Earmarks, Tax Breaks And Special Deals Fill Bills

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Bloomberg Puts Millions Behind Gun Control Push

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Obama's Campaign Turned Advocacy Group Raises Questions About Money

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Critics Decry Looser Rules For Inauguration Fundraising

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Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks at the White House on Monday after President Obama nominated him to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Lobbying Battle Over Hagel Under Way Before Obama's Nod

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Republican strategist Karl Rove, shown at the Republican National Convention in August, is arguing for continued secrecy for the new class of million-dollar political donors. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Conservatives Invoke NAACP Case In Fight For Secret Donors

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NRA: 'Only Thing That Stops A Bad Guy With A Gun Is A Good Guy With A Gun'

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Financial Ties Bind NRA, Gun Industry

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