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The amount of money spent on Capitol Hill is way more than small change — but the impact of that money is a little murky. Here, the U.S. Capitol is reflected in a fountain full of coins on Election Day this year. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

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Among outside groups — that is, not candidates or party committees — more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors. iStockphoto hide caption

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This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (left) talks with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The two Senate leaders were on opposite sides of a proposed constitutional amendment to limit fundraising and spending in campaign politics. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Ricketts family poses on the Chicago Cubs field in 2010, a year after they bought the team: Laura Ricketts (from left), Joe Ricketts, Marlene Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Tom Ricketts and Pete Ricketts. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy turned himself in to the anti-corruption office of the French police (Oclciff) in Nanterre, near Paris, Tuesday. Sarkozy is being detained for questioning in a widening corruption probe. Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee in May. Newly released documents show prosecutors are alleging Walker was at the center of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to illegally coordinate with outside conservative groups. Jeffrey Phelps/AP hide caption

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People wait in line for the beginning of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term in Washington on Oct. 7. The court heard the first major case on campaign contribution limits since 2010's landmark Citizens United. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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