Special interests in Washington and capitals around the country buy access to influence deals behind closed doors. They leave journalists a few crumbs to follow, but we need to know where to look.
2016 tip sheet that helps journalists navigate the big-money and often partisan world of think tanks.
State supreme court judges who rely on public financing to fund their elections become less likely to favor attorneys who have donated to their campaigns in the past, a 2016 study suggests.
Government bans on lightweight plastic shopping bags have spread in recent years amid fears about plastic’s negative impact on the environment. But alternatives are not necessarily better.
Ads, Public Opinion
2016 updated review of scholarship and resources related to negative campaign advertising and its effects.
A 2016 tip sheet that offers journalists guidance on how to research foreign lobbying in the United States.
2014-2015 scholarship that provides new insights on the Iowa caucuses and suggests that the demographics of participants may be changing.
2015 study in the
American Journal of Political Science showing how access to meetings with congressional offices may be aided by a history of prior campaign donations.
2015 research brief from Harvard University researchers outlining the different groups and networks that advance liberal and conservative policy agendas at the state level and analyzing the effectiveness of this party infrastructure.
2015 working paper from Harvard University Law School on the expanded corporate use of the First Amendment over time, based on a statistical analysis of 423 cases.