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Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?
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Do Lower Contribution Limits Decrease Public Corruption?

by Joe Trotter, Center for Competitive Politics, August 14, 2013

Advocates of campaign finance regulation often claim that contributions to political candidates must be limited to guard against corruption. They argue that as contributions increase, so too does corruption among public officials. In 2013, The New York Times Editorial Board described contribution limits as “an essential tool in combating the corrupting effects of money in politics.”

Regardless of its merits, this reasoning has apparently been persuasive; most states have restrictions that limit how much citizens can give to support the candidates of their choice. These limits vary widely, remaining unlimited in twelve states while being set as low as $160 per election to candidates for State House and State Senate in Montana. The majority of states have campaign contribution limits somewhere in between these extremes.

If contribution limits effectively guard against public corruption, we would expect to see states with low campaign contribution limits experiencing lower rates of public corruption than states with no or high limits. This analysis of contribution limits and corruption rates in all 50 states seeks to determine if lower contribution limits are in fact an effective way of reducing or minimizing public corruption....

We compare all 50 states’ corruption rate with their contribution limits for state legislative offices on an election cycle basis. Due to the significant variance in contribution limits among the 50 states, we categorize them into three groups, according to their limits for state legislative candidates per election cycle:

1. States with no or high ($7,500+) limits on contributions to state legislative candidates;

2. States with moderate limits between $2,000 and $7,499; and

3. States with low limits that allow contributions of $1,999 or less per election cycle.

(Hawaii scores a 'Medium' 3.5 for public corruption and has 'Moderate' campaign spending limits.)

LINK >>> Read full report here.

Note: This report is an updated version of an Issue Analysis originally published by the Center for Competitive Politics in January 2009. This version has been edited to reflect contribution limits from the 2011-2012 election cycle and corruption data, from 2001-2010.

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