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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., center, meets with members of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club in Litchfield, N.H., on Jan. 14. Paul was one of three GOP presidential hopefuls who attended Sunday's semiannual gathering of David and Charles Koch's donor network in California. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Judge Adrian Adams is helped with his robe by his daughters during a robing ceremony Friday in Gretna, La. Adams won a race for 24th Judicial District Court in November behind a campaign that raised a modest $22,350, including several four-figure donations from attorneys and law firms. Louisiana law, like Florida law, bars judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed To Solicit Campaign Money?

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President Obama walks to the podium at his 2008 nominating convention. Lawmakers are inserting into the spending bill a provision allowing political parties to collect up to $97,200 from each donor to pay for their conventions. Chuck Kennedy,Scott Andrews/AP hide caption

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In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

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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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