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This study examines the relationship between banks' main financial and business characteristics and their lobbying intensity during the last two decades. A novel feature of our analysis is that we adopt a network perspective to measure banks' lobbying intensity. We find that banks are more likely to lobby when they are larger, less creditworthy, venture into non-traditional businesses and face higher agency conflicts. Next, we observe that subsequent to the GFC and with the announcement of the Dodd-Frank bill, there was a significant increase in lobbying undertaken by banks with higher revenues stemming from trading and securitization. Finally, during the Trump Presidency, banks with higher trading revenues lobbied significantly more.

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