Money in Exile: Campaign Contributions and Committee Access

  title={Money in Exile: Campaign Contributions and Committee Access},
  author={Eleanor Neff Powell and Justin Grimmer},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={974 - 988}
Understanding how money influences the legislative process is essential for assessing American democracy, but problems of endogeneity, legality, and observational equivalence make it difficult to isolate the effect of contributions on policy. We seek to answer long-standing questions about the influence of money in Congress by exploiting a congressional procedure (committee exile) that exogenously varies a member’s influence over the policy-making process. We leverage exile as an identification… Expand
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