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Not really a great surprise to those who have watched their fair share of Mafia movies. Donate to my favourite charity and I’ll – but here it’s the rather more respectable donations to a politician’s favourite causes:

Tax-exempt lobbying: Corporate philanthropy as a tool for political influence

Marianne Bertrand, Matilde Bombardini, Raymond Fisman, Francesco Trebbi 03 September 2018

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Yup. If politician P induces A to give money to P, then P has the money and can buy TV spots and lawn signs. But if P induces A to give money to B, then P still wields power, and B sees it, and may put a sign on his lawn anyway. Hillary Clinton had her own charity! And anyone can see the quid-pro-quo (and even Russian Collusion) behind contributions to it. Hillary got not only the loot, and the power of having Washington watch her accumulate loot, but the power to discriminate when disbursing it. Our Campaign Finance laws… Read more »