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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Jack Abramoff in 2004. He's the one on the right. Dennis Cook/AP hide caption

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