Campaign Contributions, Post-War Reconstruction Contracts, and State Crime

Michael J. Hogan, Colorado State University
Paul Stretesky, Colorado State University

This paper examines the relationship between Federal-level election campaign contributions and the awarding of post-war reconstruction contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It presents a case-control study of contract awards and amounts on corporate recipients of post-war contracts as of December 18, 2003 (N=64) and a random sample of non-contract companies with the same SIC codes as the contractors. The analysis is situated in the context of existing theory and knowledge on state crime and thus provides a contribution to relatively limited knowledge of governmental crime and deviance.

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