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Political Action Committee Contributions and U.S. Congressional Voting on Sugar Legislation

Jonathan C. Brooks, A. Colin Cameron and Colin A. Carter

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 3, pages 441-454
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244547
Political Action Committee Contributions and U.S. Congressional Voting on Sugar Legislation

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This study examines the simultaneous relationship between Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions and congressional votes on U.S. sugar legislation. We extend the conventional analysis by specifying a three-equation system in which each congressman's vote depends on contributions received from pro-sugar and anti-sugar coalitions, while the propensity of each of these coalitions to contribute depends simultaneously on the congressman's anticipated voting decision and the contributions of the opposing coalition. Logrolling is also accommodated by considering the effect that contributions from other coalitions have had on voting decisions. We find evidence of a three-way linkage between votes and competing campaign contributions and conclude that the effectiveness of PAC contributions reflects the dominance of political pressure over ideological concerns.

Keywords: campaign contributions; logrolling; political economy; sugar policy; voting; D720; Q180

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Analysis of Collective Decision-making

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