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Ideology, Electoral Incentives, PAC Contributions, and the Agricultural Act of 2014
- Russell, Levi A.
- Journal of agricultural and resource economics 2018 v.43 no.2 pp. 274-291
- Farm Bill, models, politics, probability
- This paper examines the effects of interest group Political Action Committee (PAC) spending on the passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014. I use a mixed-process model to examine correlations between ideology, constituent characteristics, and PAC contributions by agricultural and environmental interests and the probability that a legislator voted in favor of the act. I find a positive association between agricultural and environmental PAC contributions and the probability that a legislator voted in favor of the act. Further, I find that legislators representing relatively large rural populations were more likely to vote in favor of the act.