Campaign Contributions and Legislative Voting: A New by Stacey B. Gordon

By Stacey B. Gordon

This booklet reviews the present paradox in the vote casting literature on crusade contributions and legislative vote casting habit. particularly, whereas newshounds and observers think that the contributions considerably impression congressional votes, empirical facts compiled through political scientists has ordinarily didn't establish a scientific linkage among the 2. while, the amount of cash contributed via curiosity teams is expanding and polls point out that the general public is changing into extra cynical in regards to the procedure.

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The assumption is that an interest group’s contribution size will be positively correlated with a member’s rate of support in roll call votes if contributions are ever an important factor in the members’ decisions. In other words, a member must vote with a group on a regular basis or else he deserves no contributions. However, it may be that the member only votes with the contributing group when his vote is needed. Although he may vote with the group infrequently, his votes may be valuable to the group because of the nature of the environment within which those votes are taking place.

Ideology), he argues that contributions do not affect votes. This is common in this area of study; we consistently base our conclusions on analyses of few bills (often only one) or votes in a single issue area. Then, when we fail to find a relationship, we argue that contributions must not have an impact on policy making. One of the reasons to focus on so few bills or votes is because, at the federal level, acquiring interest group positions on a large number of bills is problematic. Group testimony at committee hearings can be used as a measure of group interest in a piece of legislation, but testimony itself is determined partially by group power (Leyden 1995).

House of Representatives, the members of the California legislature strictly adhere to this rule. S. Congress, on the other hand, often considers bills that concern more than one issue. 15 This causes two problems. If a bill covers more than one issue area, it conflates the issues on which any one legislator may be basing his vote, making it difficult to decide whether constituency, party, or contributions have had an effect. It also leads to the problems of strategic voting behaviors that I do not wish to address here (as outlined by Enelow 1981).

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