In April of 1996, the Michigan Automobile Association made a $2500 campaign contribution to the Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives. Three days later, the Republican-controlled House Tax Policy Committee approved a bill that would have reduced the state sales tax on a new car, based on the value of the trade-in, a bill supported by the automobile dealers. A few days after that, however, the Governor, also a Republican, threatened to veto that legislation. An executive of the auto dealers association called up the House Republication staff and asked for the $2500 contribution back. When informed that the check had been deposited, he told his bank to stop payment (Luke, 1996).
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