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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens as President Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting at the White House in October 2017. Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR | Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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'You May Need The Money More Than I Do': McConnell Once Returned Trump's Donation

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The disclosure of millions of once-secret tobacco industry documents — which are now readily searchable online — has opened a window into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interactions with tobacco executives and lobbyists. Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR hide caption

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Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (left), Sen. Kamala Harris, President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg are the top five fund raisers for the 2020 presidential campaign, according to data from July 15. Josh Edelson/AFP, Ethan Miller (2), Alex Wong, Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., in a June 2018 file photo. Brat lost his re-election bid to Democrat Abigail Spanberger. Before the election, Brat blamed the Democratic fundraising platform, ActBlue, for allowing Spanberger to raise more money than he was able to. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Democrats Built A Small-Donor Money Machine. Now, Republicans Want Their Own

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Voters in Missouri cast ballots on Election Day 2016. This year, it's one of many states where voters will decide on ballot measures aimed at stricter government ethics rules. Whitney Curtis/Getty Images hide caption

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Democratic U.S. House candidate Andrew Janz raised more than $4 million in three months as part of his effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.), part of a wave of record-breaking fundraising hauls by Democratic candidates. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts had blocked a lower court order that would have required politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors. But on Tuesday the full Supreme Court overturned his stay. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors

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President Trump held a rally Tuesday night but waited until Wednesday to respond to the legal troubles of two close associates. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Day After Cohen Guilty Plea, Trump Contradicts His Former Personal Lawyer

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Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (shown last year), and his wife are alleged to have spent more than $250,000 of campaign donors' money on family expenses like trips, groceries and theater tickets. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Example of a FEC disclaimer proposal placed on a sample ad. The campaign finance agency is considering new disclosure rules for online political ads. Federal Election Commission hide caption

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Federal prosecutors with the Department of Justice have charged William and Robert Tierney with pilfering nearly $4 million from conservative political donors by setting up sham political action committees. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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