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Fears that outside groups are hijacking election campaignagendas are unfounded

Franz, Michael, Franklin Fowler, Erika and Ridout, Travis (2016) Fears that outside groups are hijacking election campaignagendas are unfounded. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (26 Sep 2016). Website.

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Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling on Citizens United v. FEC, the spending and influence of outside interests in US elections has ballooned. But which groups are spending on what, and does this spending actually change the issues focused on in campaigns? In new research, Michael Franz, Erika Franklin Fowler, and Travis Ridout examined televised political advertising from 2008, 2010 and 2012. They find that outside group sponsorship has moved towards multi-issue non-membership groups, and that these groups match some of their issue discussions to those of their preferred candidates at rates similar to party-sponsored advertising. They also find that these groups show little “issue leadership”, and do not generally move candidates to focus on certain issues.

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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:24

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