Who Gets the Goods? Moderate Voting Records, Diminishing Returns, and Pac Contributions

Posted: 26 May 2001

See all articles by Gregory M. Dempster

Gregory M. Dempster

Hampden-Sydney College

Christopher Westley

Florida Gulf Coast University

Abstract

Assuming that a legislator representing a moderate constituency (with respect to a variety of interests) may be expected to vote moderately in general, the authors suggest a measure of the 'moderateness' of a legislator's voting behavior and use it to determine whether a relationship exists between PAC contributions and the degree of moderateness. The results suggest that PACs exhibit a tendency to give more, at the margin, to legislators with moderate voting records.

Suggested Citation

Dempster, Gregory M. and Westley, Christopher, Who Gets the Goods? Moderate Voting Records, Diminishing Returns, and Pac Contributions. Economics & Politics, Vol. 12, No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=247430

Gregory M. Dempster (Contact Author)

Hampden-Sydney College ( email )

Economics Department
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
United States
804-223-6337 (Phone)

Christopher Westley

Florida Gulf Coast University ( email )

Ft. Myers, FL 33965-6565
United States

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