South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during the Democratic presidential primary debate on December 19, 2019.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bundlers, Lobbyists, and Access: What Studies Show About Big-Money Influence

Recent academic studies have found that large contributions do work to ensure access for corporate lobbyists and that fundraising influences key committee assignments.

Influence Primary category in which blog post is published Opinion
Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Committee Asking for More War Ships Is Led by a General Dynamics-Funded Rep

Chairman Joe Courtney has received $237,000 from General Dynamics' PAC and employees over his House career.

Quick Hits Primary category in which blog post is published

Manchin Donates to Burr’s Legal Defense

The donation came after Republican Sen. Richard Burr faced an investigation over possible insider trading.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Congress Won’t Stop Trading Stocks

Researchers studying congressional stock ownership have found that the practice has effects on lobbying activity and potentially on market movements.