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Money and Elected Leadership: Can Money Promote a Candidate's Election to Political Leadership/Position in Israel?

In this article, the researcher seeks to investigate whether there is a causal or statistical relationship between a candidate for election's existing personal capital and the likelihood of being elected to a list for the Knesset, whether through primary elections or to the Knesset in practice, or in other words, to check if money can promote a candidate's election to political leadership/position in Israel. As the law in Israel keeps the Declaration of Capital of the Members of Parliament confidential (Law of Knesset Members' Immunity, Duties, and Rights, 1951) the researcher riled on variety of elected leaders testimonials and media reports and investigations which has indicated that being elected to a political position, requires a precedingly tremendous amount of money which may add up to millions of shekels, to fund the campaign, to promote candidate within the relevant groups or even ''buy votes'' through ''votes contractors''. The funding is essential for successful campaign and some candidates and parties turn to external financing sources, which appear as donations made by private or commercial bodies. The latter turned out to be of interest, particularly due to the fact that a trend where those benefactors pass on funds to candidates possessing different political ideologies was identified. Naturally, the necessity of donations as well as the financial influences in the parliament which may appear through ''lobbyists'' in the Israeli parliament and local council corridors has a cost which sometimes might be connected to ''governmental corruption''. Capital's influence is apparent in diverse aspects of politics worldwide, and in Israeli democracy. This article sought to review and present the points where capital bears influence both within processes of electing a candidate to a political leadership position and in promoting commercial agendas through laws, regulations and interest promotion.
Key words: Leadership, political funding, governmental corruption, crony capitalism, political lobbying.