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PAC Spending and Roll Call Voting in the U.S. House: An Empirical Extension

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  • Peter T. Calcagno

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    (Department of Economics and Finance, College of Charleston)

  • John D. Jackson

    (Department of Economics, Auburn University)

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This paper expands the investigation of how PAC spending affects the roll call voting behavior to the U.S. House of Representative. Using a theoretical framework which draws on the voting literature, we develop models that explain Representative’s voting behavior in a pre-PAC and post-PAC world. Testing both models we find weak support for a Downsian view of voting participation in the first model. The second model supports the alteration of voting incentives resulting from PAC spending. We find that PACs have a positive effect on voting participation. These results are consistent with earlier findings that investigate Senate behavior.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Finance, College of Charleston in its series Working Papers with number 4.

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Keywords: Political Action Committees; Roll Call Voting; Congressional Voting;

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  1. Kau, James B & Rubin, Paul H, 1979. "Self-Interest, Ideology, and Logrolling in Congressional Voting," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 22(2), pages 365-84, October.
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