Race, Representation, and Campaign Finance Networks: The Effect of Party Support on Minority Candidates

24 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015

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Neil Visalvanich

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs

Keith E. Schnakenberg

Washington University in St. Louis - Department of Political Science

Hans J.G. Hassell

Cornell College - Department of Politics

Date Written: October 15, 2015

Abstract

How much can the gap in representation between whites and minorities be explained by campaign financing and party support? Studies have found party support to be a essential in a candidate accessing campaign finance networks critical to a successful candidacy. Using candidate race data at the congressional level along with campaign finance network data, we test whether political parties contribute to racial disparities in the ability of minority candidates to raise money and wage competitive campaigns. We look at the campaign finance networks of minority candidates of all racial groups - black, Latino, and Asian - and compare them to white candidates with comparable candidate qualities. We test whether parties discriminate against minority candidates, whether parties seek to promote minority candidates, and whether parties are strategic in which types of minority candidates they support.

Keywords: campaign finance networks, race and ethnicity

Suggested Citation

Visalvanich, Neil and Schnakenberg, Keith E. and Hassell, Hans J.G., Race, Representation, and Campaign Finance Networks: The Effect of Party Support on Minority Candidates (October 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2703326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2703326

Neil Visalvanich (Contact Author)

Durham University - School of Government and International Affairs ( email )

Durham, DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

Keith E. Schnakenberg

Washington University in St. Louis - Department of Political Science ( email )

One Brookings Drive
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

Hans J.G. Hassell

Cornell College - Department of Politics ( email )

600 First St. SW
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
United States

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