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Reshaping State and Local Politics

Reshaping State and Local Politics

(p.100) Chapter Five Reshaping State and Local Politics
Billionaires and Stealth Politics
Benjamin I. PageJason SeawrightMatthew J. Lacombe
University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 examines the major financial investments certain billionaires have made on the state and local levels. It also examines the substantial impacts that these investments have had, particularly in states like Wisconsin, Kansas, and North Carolina. In those states, billionaires and organizations that they control have helped elect extremely wealth-friendly governors and so many wealth-friendly state legislators that the control of state governments has changed drastically, and economics-related public policy has veered in new, extremely conservative directions. It is no exaggeration to say that those billionaires have helped reshape state politics. The chapter then focuses on one particular political strategy, the strategy of “boundary control,” which some billionaires have used with considerable success. In the boundary control strategy, federal-level and state-level campaign contributions are coordinated so as to win state-level favors and benefits while warding off federal-level interference.

Keywords:   billionaires, state and local politics, boundary control, campaign contributions

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