“Pay to Play” Politics Examined, with Lessons for Campaign-Finance Reform
By Fred S. McChesney
This article appeared in the Winter 2002 issue of The Independent Review


Interest groups are infamous for soliciting special government favors, but favoritism is often supply driven, with politicians extracting payment from interest groups in exchange for protection from onerous regulations or special taxes. Campaign-finance reforms that ignore this reality are unlikely to achieve their objective.

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