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It's campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC "Restore Our Future," one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to super PACs two years ago.Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast two years ago.

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Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

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