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Clever study shows that money buys access to members of Congress --- Democrats, at least

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The most cynical explanation of money in politics is that campaign contributions are basically bribery, in which donors pay politicians for beneficial policies. This, I believe, is rarely the case. The most innocent explanation is that donors give money to politicians who believe in what the donors support. This is often true, but too innocent. The most accurate explanation, I think, is that...

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