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INSTITUTE INDEX: After Senate setback, movement to limit money in politics marches on

Sue Sturgis
A resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution and overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision lifting restrictions on money in politics failed in the Senate this week on a party-line vote. But voters support such an amendment by a wide margin, and pro-reform activists vow to press on.

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United

Alex Kotch
Two election cycles after the landmark Supreme Court decision loosening restrictions on corporate money in politics, research is emerging that assesses its impact on our political system -- and it finds that the decision has disproportionately benefited Republicans, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Why is GOP mega-donor Art Pope distancing himself from controversial big-money groups?

Sue Sturgis
Under fire for using his personal fortune to buy elections, North Carolina's leading conservative financier denies giving money to super PACs -- but campaign finance watchdogs say his denial amounts to playing word games while he's building a "government of the obscenely rich, by the obscenely rich, and for the obscenely rich."

McCutcheon, McConnell and the threat of corruption

Brentin Mock
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in an important case tomorrow about aggregate campaign contribution limits -- and it will make time to hear the even more extreme arguments of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that campaign contribution limits in general are a burden to free speech. What would happen to our democracy should McConnell prevail?