Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Government & the Economy

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In the public choice literature, the practice of vote trading or exchanging political favors is known as logrolling.  The 2008 film “Milk” starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin as members of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors contains a scene in which Harvey Milk (Penn’s character) asks Dan White (Brolin’s character) to support a proposed ordinance banning employment discrimination against gays. White responds by asking for a favor in return, that Harvey enter a proposal for salary increases for supervisors, a position that White holds.

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