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Since the American Republic's founding, money has had a role to play in politics right along with candidates, voters, and election laws. The debate over the influence of lobbyists and political donors over government policies is now amplified in an era of increasingly unlimited contributions, the obscurity of "dark money," and the growing wealth gap between the ultra rich and ordinary Americans. Here's a quiz where you can test (and expand) your knowledge.

1. In the 2008 presidential race, one of the major-party candidates chose to reject public funds for his campaign, a choice that allowed him to ignore public financing spending limits and accept private donations. Which candidate did this?

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A protester takes part in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance in 2013.

Democrat Barack Obama

Republican John McCain

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