Paul D. Jorgensen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas - Pan American. His research concerns campaign finance and political parties in the United States. Using a grant with the Institute for New Economic Thinking, he is improving campaign finance data in order to create new and more accurate measures of campaign fundraising and spending in the United States. Jorgensen’s research has appeared in the International Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, Political Research Quarterly, and the Policy Studies Journal.
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Social scientists have stubbornly held that money and election outcomes are at most weakly linked. New research provides clear evidence to the contrary.
“Because many interests come into play in the financing of an election campaign and then they ask you to pay back. So the election campaign should be independent from anyone who may finance it.” - Pope Francis
Only a few years ago, comparisons of American politics to opéra bouffe were not outrageously farfetched at least if you were not poor or sick.
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