Donations directly influence the legislative process, according to a new book that looks beyond quid-pro-quo arrangements to money’s more subtle effects.
“I am not arguing that there is much quid-pro-quo influence,” says author and University of Rochester political scientist Lynda Powell.
“But even the best intentioned legislator receiving money from an interest group is likely to at least listen to what donors have to say. And if you are hearing much more from people who donate money to you, it is hard not to be swayed by the greater body of argument and evidence from donors.”
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