Some charities are more about getting than giving: study

UBC’s Matilde Bombardini, Francesco Trebbi of the Vancouver School of Economics, Marianne Bertrand of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Raymond Fisman of Boston University have found that some charitable giving looks a lot like corporate lobbying. Because companies get a break for donations, “firms deploy their charitable foundations as a form of tax-exempt influence seeking,” say the researchers.