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Friday, May 27, 2011

Earmarks and Congressional Campaign Fundraising: A Structural Conflict of Interest

In 2009, Congress appropriated $16 billion in earmarks. In March of the following year, the U.S. House of Representatives eliminated earmarks to for-profit companies. However, enterprising managers soon found a way to get around the new obstacle by creating related non-profits. As long as companies can make political contributions to Congressional campaigns, there will be a structural conflict of interest in the legislators legislating on earmarks.

 
 
The full essay is at Institutional Conflicts of Interest, available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.