Policy agendas, party control, and PAC contributions in the American states

Justin H. Kirkland, Virginia Gray, David Lowery

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In this research we hypothesize that aggregate PAC behavior is conditional in nature. PACs in a specific issue sector donate more to a certain political party's candidates the more that political party controls the legislature. However, the more active the legislature is on a specific set of issues the more people/groups/PACs are mobilized in response to the issue. Thus, a conditional relationship emerges where aggregate PAC donations to a political party are a function of party control, agenda activity, and an interaction of the two. We test this conditional theory using data from the Institute on Money in State Politics database on PAC donations to state legislative candidates divided into issue sectors. Our results provide support for our hypotheses that aggregate PAC donations to a political party's candidates are conditional on the level of agenda activity on the issues that concern the PACs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalBusiness and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 20 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Political Science and International Relations


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