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GOP Gained Ground in State Legislatures From Citizens United

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By    |   Friday, 24 Feb 2017 10:37 AM

The Republican Party benefited from the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, according to The Washington Post, who report that the GOP won a number of seats in state legislatures due to the decision.

By conducting a before-and-after comparison of 23 states that had to change election laws after the ruling, and then comparing that with 27 states that did not, the Times found "that Citizens United increased the GOP's average seat share in the state legislature by five percentage points. That is a large effect — large enough that, were it applied to the past twelve Congresses, partisan control of the House would have switched eight times."

The Post's data matched a study in The Journal of Law and Economics, finding "that the vote share of Republican candidates increased three to four points, on average."

The decision did not have a noticeable effect in states that had high union membership and lacked powerful corporations, according to the Times, while Republican seat share increased by up to 12 points in states that had weak unions and strong corporations.

"The mission of the FEC is essential to ensuring a fair electoral process," wrote Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel, in a letter announcing her resignation, according to Salon.

"Yet, since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, our political campaigns have been awash in unlimited, often dark money."

"Many of these same concerns have been voiced by Americans of all political views who are angry at the disproportionate influence of big money on government policy," Ravel added.

"At least 87 percent of Americans — including more than 80 percent of people in both major parties — favor changes to our campaign finance laws so that wealth does not dictate political influence."

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The Republican Party benefited from the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, according to The New York Times, who report that the GOP won a number of seats in state legislatures due to the decision.
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