It’s all about the Money: Understanding how Black Women Fund their Campaigns

It’s all about the Money: Understanding how Black Women Fund their Campaigns

By Jamil Scott, Georgetown University

It is no secret that the cost of elections continues to increase in each election cycle. Although we often think about the implications of the cost to run at the congressional level, these effects also have an impact in state-level elections. According to the National Institute on Money in Politics, in 2018, state legislative candidates for lower and upper chambers collectively raised more than one billion dollars. Because state legislatures are the pipeline to congressional office (Palmer and Simon 2003), it is important to understand how and to whom the money flows for candidates to fund their campaigns.

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