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David Primo

Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Political Science

Areas of expertise: Campaign finance, airline safety and security, government spending and budgets, judicial appointments, legislative rules, and corporate strategy in politics

Press contact:
Monique Patenaude
(585) 276-3693

Related Links:
David Primo's Homepage

In the News

Fox News Latino
Small business a point of contention among presidential candidates
May 20, 2015

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Foundations To SEC: Force Corporations To Disclose Political Giving
May 20, 2015

ABC News
Small Business Is Key in Presidential Campaign Playbook
May 20, 2015

The Wall Street Journal
Wobbly Policies Make For a Shaky Economy
February 09, 2015

ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
How safe is it to fly?
February 03, 2015

Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions
November 17, 2014

The New York Times
The Stock Market Doesn’t Care About Elections
November 07, 2014

Wall Street Journal
A Political Attack on Shareholder Value
September 29, 2014

International Business Times
After MH17 And Two Other Plane Crashes, Is It Still Safe To Fly?
July 25, 2014

U.S. News & World Report
In the Eye of the Debt Storm
July 21, 2014

ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A history of Australian budget surpluses and deficits
May 12, 2014

Raleigh News & Observer
Congress keeps small business in limbo again waiting on tax break votes
April 12, 2014

ABC News
Small Businesses in Limbo Again on Tax Breaks
April 09, 2014

Small Businesses In Limbo Again On Tax Breaks
April 09, 2014

Albany Times Union
Public financing no cure-all
December 11, 2013

Heritage Foundation Press
Why Congress Needs a New Budget Process
December 05, 2013

Heritage Foundation Press
Why Congress Needs a New Budget Process
December 05, 2013

New York Times
Against Disclosure
November 08, 2013

Small Business Owners To Soon Feel Effects Of Shutdown
October 02, 2013

USA Today
Gun groups so far unfazed by Starbucks new policy
September 19, 2013

Top court to rule on political spending limits
September 17, 2013

USA Today
Campaign regs shouldn't silence the public: Column
September 12, 2013

Tax battle: Banks on offensive against credit unions
September 11, 2013

Dodd-Frank? More Like Dud-Frank for Lots of Folks
June 04, 2013

The Take Away
Should Corporations be Required to Disclose Political Spending to Shareholders?
April 25, 2013

Adirondack Daily Enterprise
State lacks funds for campaign idea
April 01, 2013

The Wall Street Journal
NY seeks to use public dollars to fund campaigns
March 16, 2013

The Joy Cardin Show
March 12, 2013

Roll Call
Carpenter, Primo, Tendetnik and Ho: Campaign Finance Disclosure Has Costs
November 26, 2012

Rochester Post-Bulletin
Small business outlook for Obama's 2nd term
November 13, 2012

Chicago Daily Herald
Small business outlook for Obamas 2nd term
November 11, 2012

Miami Herald
Small business outlook for Obama’s 2nd term
November 08, 2012

Washington Post
With the election over, what small business owners can expect from President Obama's 2nd term
November 07, 2012

Washington DC - Examiner
Small business outlook for Obama's 2nd term
November 07, 2012

Bloomberg News
Romney Ad Seen as Distortion Prompts Protest by U.S. Automakers
November 01, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek
Romney Ad Seen as Distortion Prompts Protest by U.S. Automakers
November 01, 2012

Obama Under Pressure as Debate Comes Amid Early Balloting
October 17, 2012

Obama Under Pressure as Debate Comes Amid Early Balloting
October 16, 2012

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
New York PAC keeps donors hidden, and it's legal
October 08, 2012

Bloomberg News
Primo Predicts Nothing New From Presidential Debate
October 01, 2012

Inside Higher Education
Lost in the Storm
September 07, 2012

How Candidates Boosted Their Main Street Appeal
September 06, 2012

San Antonio Express-News
Candidates boost power of the small business vote
September 05, 2012

Economic Times
Public opinion on banking measures favours Barack Obama, bankers turn to Mitt Romney
September 04, 2012

Bloomberg News
Obama Touts Financial Law as Romney Takes Bankers’ Checks
September 03, 2012

Janison: A fresh look at campaign finance
August 23, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
The Governor Hosts His Own Party
August 22, 2012

Washington Examiner
Amend the First Amendment? Be careful what you ask for
August 04, 2012

Bloomberg News
Obama, Romney Test Economic Messages in Swing States
August 02, 2012

Bloomberg News
Obama Outspends Romney 2-1 With $43 Million in Funds for Ads
July 21, 2012

Bloomberg News
Republican Control Doubles Funds for Chairmen: BGOV Barometer
May 23, 2012

Bloomberg News
Common Cause Seeks End to Republicans’ Use of Filibuster
May 15, 2012

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
The dueling banjos of tax cuts
April 17, 2012

Companies Flee Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground'
April 13, 2012

Bloomberg News
David Primo Discusses Corruption in New Jersey (Audio)
April 10, 2012

Inside Higher Education
'A Model Discipline'
April 09, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
New Jersey Least Corrupt? Ha, Ha
April 03, 2012

New York Times (State Version)
Overcoming 'Physics Envy'
March 31, 2012

The Hill
To stop insider trading in DC, shrink government
March 28, 2012

U.S. News & World Report
It's Not the Economy, Stupid--It's Entitlement Spending
March 13, 2012

New York Times (state version)
Air Industry Faces Public's Perception of Safety
February 28, 2012

Los Angeles Times
Obama's short-term fiscal thinking isn't working
February 22, 2012

Creating jobs: What can a governor do?
January 30, 2012
Creating jobs: What can a governor do?
January 30, 2012

Bloomberg News
Rochester's Primo Says PACs Playing Big Campaign Role (Audio)
January 10, 2012

Bloomberg Surveillance
David Primo Says Political Parties Have 'Broken Down'
December 22, 2011

Center for Competitive Politics
CCP Academic Advisor David Primo in Forbes
December 16, 2011

U.S. News & World Report
Act Now to Prevent a Debt Crisis
November 23, 2011

Real Clear Markets
Why a Balanced Budget Amendment Is Doomed To Fail - For Now
November 21, 2011

Cain Has Long Ties To Koch Brothers-Linked Group
November 04, 2011

USA Today
Proposals for balanced-budget amendment vary
November 01, 2011

Colorado Springs Gazette
GUEST COLUMN: Campaign disclosure mandates don't work, can cause harm
October 25, 2011

Bloomberg News
Primo Says Candidates Didn't Show Credible Fiscal Plans (Video)
October 12, 2011

Christian Science Monitor
Five reasons the S&P downgrade isn't so bad - and one word of caution
August 09, 2011

Simon School of Business dean on credit rating downgrade:
August 09, 2011

Bloomberg News
Primo Wants Constitutional Rules to Curb Spending
July 27, 2011

The Washington Post
Primo Says Medicare Vouchers Better than Current System
April 20, 2011

Real Clear Markets
Define Radical: Pros and Cons of Ryan Plan
April 08, 2011

Real Clear Markets
Short-Term Budget Thinking by Rs and Ds
March 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Enforce fiscal discipline
March 03, 2011

Providence Journal
Cut deficit by Constitution
February 28, 2011
Obama vows deeper deficit cut than budget shows
February 15, 2011

West Orlando News
U.S. manufacturing jobs fading away fast
February 13, 2011

Statesman Journal
Will Obama dance around the budget crisis?
February 13, 2011

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Understanding economic illiteracy
February 13, 2011

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Bruce A. Holm, key UB figure in research, dies
February 13, 2011

Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Analysis: Controls on spending still elusive
February 11, 2011

The Hill (blog)
Federal deficits a top issue, solving the problem complicated
December 11, 2010

The Hill
Federal deficits a top issue, solving the problem complicated
December 11, 2010

Debt Panel Issues Final Report; Gets 2 Senators' Support
December 02, 2010

American Chronicle
Budget cutters eye mortgage interest deduction
December 01, 2010

Business Rallies to Save Bush Tax Cuts
August 20, 2010

Congressman Lee's Fundraising Under the Microscope
June 17, 2010

Bloomberg News
Obama Asks Republicans to Health-Care Overhaul Talks
February 08, 2010

The Boston Globe
Supreme Court elections ruling could help party in power, not just GOP
January 22, 2010

The New York Times
24 States' Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling
January 22, 2010

Unsolved plane crashes carry mystique for years
June 05, 2009

Wall Street Journal
With Jobs Tight, M.B.A.s Head for Home
April 21, 2009

Democrats Top Republicans in Total Fundraising for 1st Quarter
April 21, 2009

ABC News
FAA, NTSB Feud Over Icing Safety
February 19, 2009

Bloomberg News
Goldman, AT&T ‘Apologize’ to Democrats With Post-Election Gifts
December 12, 2008

Primo Says Neither Candidate to Reduce Government Spending
November 03, 2008

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Obama has upper hand on the topic of race relations
September 26, 2008

Primo Says Public Perception Is Bailout Rewards Risk-Takers
September 26, 2008

Obama, After Victory, Must Heal Rift, Reconcile With Clinton
June 04, 2008

R News
Money and the Political Process
November 04, 2007
Giuliani, Clinton Don’t Wait to Begin ‘Heavyweight Slug-Out’
September 21, 2007

Romney Attracts More of Bush’s Top Donors Than Rivals
July 20, 2007
Obama Taps Internet, Small Donors to Top Clinton’s Fundraising
July 02, 2007

Cantor, Ramius Executives Donate to Senator Clinton
July 27, 2006

<< Less In the News

News Releases

Political Scientist David Primo Named First Recipient of the Gabrellian Professorship
November 09, 2012

Bold Suggestion by Political Scientist Could Fix Federal Budget Mess
September 27, 2007

Book discussion about airline crashes, security at airports, and the public's fear of flying with David M. Primo, author and assistant professor of political science at the University of Rochester
October 30, 2003

Voters' Trust Not Tied to Campaign Finance Laws, Researchers Say
October 30, 2003

David Primo can speak on a broad range of American political science topics, including corporate strategy in politics, government spending, budget deficits, legislative rules, Presidential and Senate battles over judicial nominees, campaign finance laws, campaign spending, and the politics of airline safety and security. Professor Primo is the co-author of The Plane Truth: Airline Crashes, the Media, and Transportation Policy, and the author of Rules and Restraint: Government Spending and the Design of Institutions.

Video Highlights

David Primo: Constitutional Rules to Curb Spending Bloomberg News