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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.
April 2, 2014 In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices joined to eliminate the aggregate cap on contributions, but left in place a limit on donations to individual candidates.
Costumed demonstrators on Oct. 3 in Denver, before the first presidential debate.
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October 15, 2012 Most of the TV ads supporting Mitt Romney have come from outside groups, not from Romney's own campaign. And those groups raised more than half of their money from secret donors, a much higher proportion than the secret donors backing President Obama, according to a new analysis.
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May 27, 2011 This involves a related but different issue than the 2010 Citizens United case, in which the Supreme Court said corporations could make "independent expenditures" that indirectly support candidates.
April 29, 2011 Democrats have decided they won't unilaterally disarm in the war for campaign cash even though the leader of their party has publicly opposed certain fundraising tactics, like raising money from donors who remain anonymous.
November 2, 2010 Outside groups ran more negative campaign ads than candidates or party committees. They raised the cash from renewed GOP energy and because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling which erased limits on corporate and unions.
October 18, 2010 Shadowy independent groups are poised to spend more than $500 million on congressional elections. That's more than 40 percent higher than two years ago. Most of the added money appears to be going towards conservative candidates.
September 21, 2010 A Tea Party group said it received a $1 million donation from a source who didn't want to be named.
September 15, 2010 Meg Whitman, Republican California governor candidate, former ebay CEO and a billionaire , set a new personal spending record, $119 million, beating New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by $10 million.
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