Do political connections and campaign contributions really get you government contracts?

This article presents a case-control study of the relationship between Federal-level campaign contributions, corporate political connections, and the awarding of post-war reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cases are 135 companies that received post-war contracts and controls are 135 randomly selected companies matched on industry. Results reveal that both campaign contributions and political connections significantly increase a company’s odds of receiving a contract. Results are situated in the context of current theory on state crime. It is argued that awarding contracts on this basis may constitute a form of state crime, but alternative explanations for the findings are also discussed.

Source: “Campaign Contributions, Post-War Reconstruction Contracts, and State Crime” from Deviant Behavior, Volume 27, Issue 3 July 2006 , pages 269 – 297

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