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Union PAC contributions and legislative voting

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Are union PACs able to affect legislative voting patterns with campaign contributions? Unlike previous studies addressing this question, this work measures the likelihood of a legislator supporting union (AFL-CIO) issues instead of isolating specific bills for study. Furthermore, the influence of union PAC money in both congressional chambers is examined. The results are mixed: apparently, organized labor has been able to influence labor legislation with campaign money in some election cycles, but in others, they are less effective.

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Wilhite, A. Union PAC contributions and legislative voting. Journal of Labor Research 9, 79–90 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02685231

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Keywords

  • Election Cycle
  • Campaign Contribution
  • Vote Pattern
  • Vote Record
  • Political Action Committee