With the predictions of a Republican Senate takeover and the ever expanding influence of "dark money" on elections, we knew 2014 would be a busy year for the Center for Public Integrity's federal money-in-politics team.
We launched a major project tracking spending during midterm elections, continued deep dives into secretive money in politics, looked at some ways money influences politics that don't directly lead to a ballot box, and even had some fun along the way.
Over the next week or so, we'll be highlighting our major investigations from 2014 in handy, easy-to-read format. Don't want to miss out? Sign up and receive them via email.
First up, federal politics. From the IRS to college campuses, here are some of the major stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014: