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Master's Professional Reports Abstract



What They Get -- How Moneyed Interests Influence the Texas Legislature

This professional report examines the relationship between political spending in Texas, primarily campaign contributions and lobbying, and legislative outcomes. Texas places no limits on contributions by individuals or political action committees. Case studies of recent major legislative efforts by a large corporation, a well-financed, single-issue special interest group and a host of corporate, economic and political interests illustrate how campaign and lobby spending help determine the policy options, shape the debate and influence the laws that are enacted. Modest reforms are proposed to balance these excesses.

--Author's foreword.