Capitol Hill’s alumni networks attract influence, PAC money

ITHACA, N.Y. – The old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has long fueled the parental drive for children to attend Ivy League schools. But it turns out where you went to school is less important than who else went to the same school – at least, if you’re in Congress. […]

Politicians buoyed by Wells Fargo are part of the problem

Sharon Poczter, an economics professor at Cornell University who studies the bank sector and emerging economies, says culpability for the Wells Fargo fraud case should fall on politicians and regulators as well. Bio: https://dyson.cornell.edu/people/sharon-poczter Poczter says: “What is at the center of the Wells Fargo fraud case is much larger than a couple of thousand […]

Partisan lenses: Beauty lies in your political affiliation

Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.   “We showed pictures of familiar and unfamiliar political leaders to voters in two different samples and found that familiarity and partisanship each significantly influenced how candidates were […]