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When Do Voters Respond to Campaign Finance Disclosure? Evidence from Multiple Election Types

Robinson, Thomas S. (2022) 'When Do Voters Respond to Campaign Finance Disclosure? Evidence from Multiple Election Types.', Political behavior. .

Abstract

In recent American elections political candidates have actively emphasized features of their fundraising profiles when campaigning. Yet, surprisingly, we know comparatively little about how financial information affects vote choice specifically, whether effects differ across types of election, and how robust any effects are to other relevant political signals. Using a series of conjoint experiment designs, I compare the effects of campaigns’ financial profiles on vote choice across direct democratic and representative elections, randomizing subjects’ exposure to additional political cues. I find that while the financial profile of candidates can affect vote choice, these effects are drowned out by non-financial signals. In ballot initiative races, the explicit policy focus of the election appears to swamp any effect of financial information. This paper is the first to explore the comparative effects of financial disclosure across election type, contributing to our understanding of how different heuristics interact across electoral contexts.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-021-09766-y
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Date accepted:23 December 2021
Date deposited:10 January 2022
Date of first online publication:07 January 2022
Date first made open access:10 January 2022

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