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With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night
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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. Michael Zamora/AP hide caption

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Outside Groups Spend Big On Elections, But Don't Have Much To Show For It
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Obama, Romney On Track To Spend $1B By Election Day
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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the Family Research Council Action Values Voter Summit last month in Washington. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bachmann Faces Competitive Re-Election Bid In Minnesota
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'Social Welfare' Organizations Play Big Role In Presidential Politics
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Invitations to fundraisers for members of Congress frequently mention which committees they serve on. Sunlight Foundation/Political Party Time hide caption

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A Former Lobbyist Tells All
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Jack Abramoff On Lobbying
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President Richard Nixon faced television cameras in the Oval Office on April 30, 1973 to announce the departure of his two closest assistants in the deepening Watergate scandal. CBS/AP hide caption

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Illegal During Watergate, Unlimited Campaign Donations Now Fair Game
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