Quid Pro Quo? Corporate Returns to Campaign Contributions

  title={Quid Pro Quo? Corporate Returns to Campaign Contributions},
  author={Anthony Fowler and Haritz Garro and J{\"o}rg L. Spenkuch},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={844 - 858}
Scholars, pundits, and political reformers have long worried that corporations distort public policy and subvert the will of the electorate by donating to politicians. Well-publicized anecdotes notwithstanding, whether and how much corporations actually benefit from supporting political candidates remains unknown. To systematically address this question, we utilize two complementary empirical approaches that isolate the monetary benefits a company derives from a favored candidate winning office… Expand
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