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Are campaign contributions a form of speech? evidence from recent US house elections

Dharmapala, Anurudha; Palda, Filip


This paper investigates the effects of the sources of candidates' campaign funding on their electoral outcomes, with particular emphasis on whether candidates who rely on a narrow base of funding suffer adverse electoral consequences. An extensive dataset consisting of over 650,000 contributions to House candidates in elections from 1980 to 1992 is used. The results reveal a negative relationship between the concentration of contributions and voteshare for open seat candidates and challengers....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Public Choice
DOI: 10.1023/A:1015671608957


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