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Vote Buying in the US Congress

Ulrich Matter, Paolo Roberti and Michaela Slotwinski

No 7841, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: We assess the influence of moneyed interests on legislative decisions. Our theory predicts that the vote outcome distribution and donation flows in a legislature feature a discontinuity at the approval threshold of bills if special interest groups are involved in vote buying. Testing the theoretical predictions based on two decades of roll-call voting in the U.S. House, we identify the link between narrowly passed bills and well-timed campaign contributions. Several pieces of evidence substantiate our main finding, suggesting that moneyed interests exert remarkably effective control over the passage of contested bills.

Keywords: legislative voting; campaign finance; special interest groups; lobbying; forensic economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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