Money, Campaign Finance and Elections – A Case Study of the US Federal Elections

Here is the abstract of my co-authored paper on “Money, Campaign Finance and Elections – A Case Study of the US Federal Elections” with Ms. Khadija H. Nasirova.

The influence of corporations and interest groups on US elections is a much-debated issue. The issue became more pronounced after the 2010 Citizens United V. Federal Election Commission court decision. In this study, we analyze changing patterns of US election contributions and federal election outcomes. For our study, we take data from FEC database for federal elections held between years 2002 and 2014. We use Difference-in-Difference and instrumental variables (IV) to measure the net effect of 2010 court decisions on election contributions and their subsequent influence on election outcomes.

Keywords: US federal elections, campaign funding, Citizens United V. FEC

Read full paper on SSRN here.