Peter Overby As NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.

Money Mixes Up Missouri Circuit-Court Race

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Tom Steyer recently said in a video that "climate change is not just an important issue, it's the issue. And we need leaders who will take it seriously." Isaac Brekken/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic Climate Activist Is Election's Biggest Donor — That We Know Of

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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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Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has raised millions from fired-up small donors. Catherine Lane/iStockphoto hide caption

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Dems Probably Won't Take The House, So Why Are They Raising So Much?

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SuperPAC NextGen Climate Action aired a 60-second ad about Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst featuring two rich guys with a briefcase full of cash. YouTube hide caption

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A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

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People stand with signs on Capitol Hill as Senate and House Democrats called for an amendment to the Constitution aimed at curbing special interests' financial clout in elections. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Moves Forward In Bid To Limit Campaign Funds

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Jury Finds Virginia's Former First Couple Guilty Of Corruption

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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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Kent Sorenson says he was paid for his endorsement of Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign — and that the exchange was hidden from the public. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

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