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.
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House members and those newly elected to the Legislature gather in the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Nov. 7, 2014. Arkansas' legislature is just one of 31 state legislatures in Republican control. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Big Money Is Helping GOP Win In State Legislatures Too

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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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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan greets supporters on election night in Anchorage. The as-yet-undecided race between Sullivan and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich was the hottest in the state. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

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The 4 Big Numbers To Know In The Midterm Elections

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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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