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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-varn6-How Money Won Trump the White House

-varn7-Article | Jan 9, 2018 -varn13-

-varn14- It wasn’t Comey or the Russians. Trump prevailed because his campaign carefully targeted key states with late infusions of big money from private equity, casinos, and other far right contributors, a remarkable wave of donations from small donors, and substantial infusions from the candidate himself. 

-varn6-Industrial Structure and Party Competition in an Age of Hunger Games: Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election

-varn7-Paper -varn9-Working paper series | | Jan 2018 -varn13-

-varn14- The U.S. presidential election of 2016 featured frontal challenges to the political establishments of both parties and perhaps the most shocking election upset in American history.

-varn6-How Money Drives US Congressional Elections

-varn7-Paper -varn9-Working Paper Series | | Aug 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- Social scientists have stubbornly held that money and election outcomes are at most weakly linked. New research provides clear evidence to the contrary.

-varn6-How Money Drives US Congressional Elections: More Evidence

-varn7-Paper -varn9-Conference paper | | Apr 2015 -varn13-

-varn14- “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

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From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

-varn7-Event -varn8-Conference #INET2017-varn12- | Oct 21–23, 2017 -varn13-

-varn14- INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.

-varn6-Stark New Evidence on How Money Shapes America’s Elections

-varn7-Article | Aug 8, 2016 -varn13-

-varn14- Oversights of two generations of social scientists have weakened democracy.