Donor Motivations in the California State Legislature: A Social Network Analysis of Campaign Contributions

  title={Donor Motivations in the California State Legislature: A Social Network Analysis of Campaign Contributions},
  author={Jacob Apkarian and Robert A. Hanneman and Shaun Bowler and Byron Martin},
  journal={Connection Science},
This paper investigates campaign donor motivations by examining the ways in which donations to political campaigns tie candidates for the legislature together. Using social network analysis, we examine campaign donations to the California state legislature in 2004. We demonstrate that donor motivations vary by donor type where individual donors and candidate committees are more ideologically motivated while business donors tend to be investment-driven when contributing. We also examine the… 

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