Journal Article

Political and Economic Factors Affecting Agricultural PAC Contribution Strategies

Terry D. Van Doren, Dana L. Hoag and Thomas G. Field

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 2, pages 397-407
Published in print May 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online May 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244590
Political and Economic Factors Affecting Agricultural PAC Contribution Strategies

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Public choice describes a marketplace for political favors that could explain strong support for agriculture. While many researchers have studied political markets, few have examined agriculture. This study addresses contributions from twenty-six PAC aggregates to senators in the 103rd Congress. Using a tobit model, legislative attributes, such as tenure, committee membership, and ideology, were regressed on contributions. Overall, the agricultural industry targeted nonsenior, conservative Democrats from agriculturally dependent states in close election races and who served either on the agriculture committee or the agriculture appropriations committee. However, many differences were found across subsectors within agriculture, such as crops and livestock.

Keywords: agriculture; PAC contributions; political market; public choice; Senate; D720; Q100

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics ; Analysis of Collective Decision-making

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