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Outside Groups Spend Big On Elections, But Don't Have Much To Show For It()  

Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, speaks last year in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rove is the chief fundraiser for the biggest outside spender this election season: the twin groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

November 7, 2012 This presidential election attracted $1.5 billion in outside spending — TV ads, robocalls and other political activity by groups created to take advantage of the new rules of campaign finance law. But on the day after the voting, their track record is open to question.

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Post-'Citizens United' Senate Snapshot: Money Doesn't Guarantee Victory()  

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is joined by his wife and daughter in celebrating his Senate victory over Republican George Allen.

November 7, 2012 The battle for the Senate was a proving ground for the new Citizens United politics. Outside groups unleashed heavily funded barrages of attack ads meant to help elect candidates while letting them keep their distance from the nastiness. In Ohio and Virginia, the tactic failed in rather dramatic ways.

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Tough Night For Self-Financed Senate Candidates()  

Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon concedes the election to Democrat Chris Murphy on Tuesday in Stamford, Conn.

November 6, 2012 Republican Senate candidates Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Tom Smith in Pennsylvania spent a combined $56 million of their own money in losing efforts.

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Crossroads GPS Redefines 'Social Welfare' Political Action()  

Karl Rove, the founder of Crossroads GPS and a former adviser to President George W. Bush, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 28.

November 5, 2012 It has been seen for decades as a fundamental premise of campaign finance: The public has an absolute right to know who gave and who got, so it can make an informed judgment as to what those contributors might want, and then hold elected officials accountable. But the rules have changed.

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Any Way You Describe It, 2012 Campaign Spending Is Historic()  

Voters participate in early voting Friday in Silver Spring, Md.

November 5, 2012 Pick your adjective — enormous, astronomical, colossal. The political spending in 2012 was unprecedented and already has implications for the next campaign cycle.

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In Key Senate Races, Outside Groups Outpace Candidates' Ad Spending()  

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (right), D-Ohio, debates his Republican challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, at the City Club in Cleveland on Oct. 15.

November 1, 2012 Republican candidates have benefited more than twice as much as their Democratic counterparts from the spending by outside groups. More than 80 percent of all the Republican outside money comes from secret donors. On the Democratic side, less than 10 percent of the money is secret.

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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money()  

A map of the United States, where state size reflects outside ad spending in the presidential contest.

November 1, 2012 We've reshaped the United States based on where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential election. The result? One weirdly telling map.

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In Campaign's Final Days, Record Levels Of Money Still Driving The Message()  

October 26, 2012 President Obama's campaign, including affiliated Democratic Party committees, announced that it has raised in total more than $1 billion this election cycle. Republican Mitt Romney's not far behind and also could pass the $1 billion mark when all is said and done.

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Do Political Ads Actually Work?()  

October 26, 2012 Democrats and Republicans are on track to spend about $1 billion each on TV advertising in the presidential race — most of it negative and almost all in battleground states. There's little evidence the ads sway voters, but the campaigns are happy to settle for low odds, given the lingering memories of the close 2000 election.

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Tax-Exempt Crossroads GPS Airs First Direct 'Vote Mitt Romney' Ad()  

October 25, 2012 Karl Rove's tax-exempt Crossroads GPS group said it was interested only in advancing issues, not engaging in electoral politics. But now it's running a minute-long ad telling viewers to vote for Mitt Romney — with no mention of those very issues it had been saying were central to its mission.

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