After Citizens United: How Outside Spending Shapes American Democracy

  title={After Citizens United: How Outside Spending Shapes American Democracy},
  author={Nour Abdul-Razzak and Carlo G. Prato and Stephane Wolton},
  journal={PSN: Voters \& Elections (Topic)},
This paper examines how lifting a ban on contributions from corporations and unions to groups engaging in outside spending (independent political advertising) affects electoral outcomes, representatives' ideology, and targeted public good provision. Using a differences-in-differences design, we find that removing constraints on the funding of outside spending improves the electoral chances of Republican candidates and leads to more conservative state legislatures. We also provide moderate… Expand
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