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Abstract: Lee  suggests that a potential source of the party incumbency
advantage (with re- spect to vote share) is a possible incumbency advantage in campaign
fundraising. Mo- tivated in part by his work, this investigation exploits a sharp
discontinuity in Congres- sional elections in order to identify the party campaign
fundraising advantage. Using data from the Federal Election ... read moreCommission (FEC), I test for a
causal impact of winning close elections on campaign contributions earned prior to the next
election. I find that, on average, bare winners of Congressional elections earn
approximately 56% more cam- paign contributions relative to their bare loser counterparts.
This suggests an immense party incumbency fundraising advantage and may, in part, explain
the earlier findings of Lee 's incumbency advantage.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics.
Advisor: David Garman.
Committee: Rodrigo Wagner.
Keywords: Economics, and Political Science.read less