by Marian Wang, ProPublica
As we reported earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission, which regulates the flow of political cash, has been plagued by persistent gridlock on some key areas of campaign finance.
Why's that important? Because as we explain, more money is coming in and much of it is flowing in through new and barely regulated groups.
Take a look at these graphs -- found in a report [PDF] recently posted by the commission -- that shine a spotlight on independent spending, or spending that's technically not coordinated with candidates and their campaigns:
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