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Campaign Contributions and Congressional Voting on Tobacco Policy, 1980-2000


  • Wright John

    (Ohio State University)


This paper analyzes congressional voting on tobacco issues over two decades. Contrary to existing claims, the analysis shows that the tobacco industrys legislative success is more a function of representatives regulatory and pro-business ideologies than of tobacco PAC money or a geographically-based tobacco voting bloc. In most cases, the tobacco voting blocrepresentatives and senators from major tobacco producing districts and statesis not strong enough to protect and sustain the tobacco price support system, let alone affect the outcome of commercial issues such as cigarette taxes and regulation. The industrys campaign contributions also have sporadic and limited impact on commercial issues affecting tobacco. Only on agricultural issues do tobacco PAC contributions exhibit any influence.

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  • Wright John, 2004. "Campaign Contributions and Congressional Voting on Tobacco Policy, 1980-2000," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(3), pages 1-28, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:buspol:v:6:y:2004:i:3:n:1

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