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Influence, Elections, And The Value Of A Vote In The U.S. House Of Representatives

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This paper investigates the extent to which interest groups use their campaign contributions to affect election outcomes as opposed to influencing candidate policy choices directly. It also reveals how much value interest groups place on gaining one more favorable vote in the House of Representatives. The empirical estimates suggest that gaining influence dominates helping favored candidates win the election as a means to affect defense spending policies. Political action committees differ in interesting ways, however, with the more ideological peace groups placing greater emphasis on changing electoral outcomes than do investor lobbies representing the defense industry. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Christopher S. P. Magee, 2007. "Influence, Elections, And The Value Of A Vote In The U.S. House Of Representatives," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(3), pages 289-315, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:19:y:2007:i:3:p:289-315
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