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Does Bill Co-sponsorship Affect Campaign Contributions?: Evidence from the U.S. House of Representatives, 2000-2008

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  • Shaun M. Tanger
  • Richard Alan Seals Jr.
  • David N. Laband

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There is considerable variation across members of the United States House of Representatives with respect to the number of bills they co-sponsor each legislative cycle. But we have little understanding of what motivates bill co-sponsorship activity. It seems unlikely that prospective campaign contributors to a specific legislator reward his/her bill co-sponsorship activity per se, as it merely contributes to the productivity of some other member(s) of the legislature. We develop a two-stage least squares (2SLS) model to examine the impact of the number of bills co-sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives on campaign contributions received by those individuals over the time period 2000-2008. Bill co-sponsorship has a large and positive effect on campaign contributions through bill sponsorship.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Auburn University in its series Auburn Economics Working Paper Series with number auwp2011-09.

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Keywords: bill cosponsorship; sponsorship; campaign contributions; coalition building; reputational capitol;

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  1. David N. Laband & Richard Alan Seals, Jr., 2014. "On the Importance of Inequality in Politics: Duplicate Bills and Bill Co-sponsorship in the U.S. House of Representatives," Auburn Economics Working Paper Series auwp2014-05, Department of Economics, Auburn University.

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