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This paper examines the role of mass media in countering special interest group influence by studying county-level support for candidates to the US Senate from 1980 to 2002 as a function of media exposure and campaign finance profiles. The author uses the concentration of campaign contributions from Political Action Committees to proxy capture of politicians by special interests, and compares the reaction of incumbent vote mar-gins to increases in concentration in two different types of media markets - in-state media markets and out-of-state media markets.
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