Do Stock Returns Vary With Campaign Contributions? Bush Vs. Gore: The Florida Recount
I examine the relation between campaign contributions and stock returns during the Florida recount period of the 2000 presidential elections. Using the full population of publicly traded firms, I find an economically significant positive (negative) relation between pre-election campaign contributions to Bush (Gore) and stock returns during the 37-day election recount period. This relation exists for both the level and partisanship of contributions, and exists incrementally at both the firm and industry levels. These relations are robust to several different specifications, including alternative event windows that exclude the potentially confounding House/Senate races. The firm-level analysis is consistent with contributions being influence-motivated. Copyright 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Volume (Year): 22 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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