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Lawmakers Are Happy To Discuss The Issues — If You Have Some Campaign Cash

In an interesting experiment, emails pretending to be from potential donors were five times as likely to get a meeting with someone at the top.
Lawmakers Are Happy To Discuss The Issues — If You Have Some Campaign Cash
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Via Moyers & Company:

Some research helps quantify phenomena that we already understand intuitively. Most people would agree that donating to political campaigns buys you access that other constituents lack, and this week two graduate students studying political science — Joshua Kalla at Yale and David Broockman at UC Berkeley — released a study that shows it to be true.

The researchers enlisted CREDO Action, a progressive advocacy group, to help with their experiment. They took a real bill — the authors don’t say what the legislation was – and they randomly sent one of two form letters asking for a meeting to d...

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