I get the sense that this is true from anecdotal examples, as attorneys general (especially those with higher political ambitions) try to win future votes by being “tough on corporations”.

But I don’t have any data to formally examine this. If there is any study that sheds light on this, please share.

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    One problem is that elections are always upcoming. Do you have a time frame in mind?
    – user6726
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 2:25
  • @user6726 I agree, but if someone is elected to a four year term, the first two years should be relatively “worry free”... I would imagine that person will be more eager to “re-establish himself” towards the end of the term when re-election is more imminent.
    – J Li
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 5:26
  • Are you thinking about the US specifically (based on the term 'attorneys general')? I assume you're thinking about a relationship between the prosecutor and the election as well? So the election would be in the same locale as the cases? It's probably to extensive to answer based on data alone, but I think it could be answered if someone has studied this already (so there is some research for answerers to refer to).
    – JJJ
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 21:56
  • @JJJ indeed, I'm thinking of the US specifically. And yes, I have in mind the prosecutor as well.
    – J Li
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 21:58
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    Not enough for an answer, but this review by the Brennan Center could be relevant.
    – JJJ
    Commented Feb 10, 2021 at 22:03


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