By Stacey B. Gordon
This ebook stories the present paradox in the vote casting literature on crusade contributions and legislative vote casting habit. particularly, whereas newshounds and observers think that the contributions considerably impression congressional votes, empirical proof compiled through political scientists has regularly did not determine a scientific linkage among the 2. while, the amount of cash contributed by way of curiosity teams is expanding and polls point out that the general public is changing into extra cynical concerning the technique.
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That campaign donors often provide new Campaign contributions and legislative voting 28 legislators with substantial contributions immediately after they are first elected to office would be consistent with this understanding of donations as gifts (Gordon 2003). Third, the literature on gift giving emphasizes the conflicts created when a potential recipient refuses a gift. This is considered in many societies and circumstances to be unacceptable behavior. “To refuse to give, to fail to invite, just as to refuse to accept, is tantamount to declaring war; it is to reject the bond of alliance and commonality” (Mauss 1923 ).
Neither those votes that are of low value to the group nor those votes that are of high cost to the legislator should be affected. I discuss each below. 1 Votes with Low Cost to Legislators—Low Visibility Issues. One of the reasons there is such a strong and consistent relationship between contributions and behaviors like access and effort is because of the low visibility of these behaviors. They are relatively easy to give in exchange for the gift of a contribution because they are not as potentially costly as votes; they are not as visible or as concrete and therefore are more easily explained away if constituents are unhappy.
FEC 2003). But, although this makes sense in the legal arena, in a theoretical context, it does not. 2 Assumption 2—Contributions Should Influence a Large Number of Votes The second expectation is that if contributions successfully influence votes in a quid pro quo exchange, they will influence a large number of votes or at least influence voting more often than not. Although no individual specifically states that this is the case, the assumption becomes obvious when studying the language used in this literature.