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By Stacey B. Gordon

ISBN-10: 0203997956

ISBN-13: 9780203997956

ISBN-10: 0415949785

ISBN-13: 9780415949781

This e-book experiences the present paradox in the balloting literature on crusade contributions and legislative balloting habit. particularly, whereas reporters and observers think that the contributions considerably impression congressional votes, empirical proof compiled via political scientists has commonly did not establish a scientific linkage among the 2. while, the amount of cash contributed through curiosity teams is expanding and polls point out that the general public is changing into extra cynical concerning the procedure.

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Fifty-four percent of this amount or $21,750 came in the form of late contributions in the two weeks immediately prior to his reelection in November of 1988. At that time, California law did not limit the amount of contributions that groups or individuals could donate to candidates for the state legislature, so, in and of itself, the amount of money is not unique. The CTLA gave $87,000 to Democratic Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and $224,000 to the Democratic leader of the California Senate during that same election cycle.

All a group must do to be listed is send a letter stating their position to the committee prior to the day of the vote. 3 Total Amount of Money Contributed to Members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and the Number of Members to Whom Money Was Contributed, by Group Name of Group Alliance of Latin Business Association Amador Vintners Association ARCO Associated General Contractors of California Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Northern California California Agricultural Museum, Inc.

Notice, too, that if the group did not contribute to M4 and M5, they would lose 67 percent of the time. This is a critical point. 2 Committee Votes on Six Bills Member Contributions ($) Bill 1 Bill 2 Bill 3 Bill 4 Bill 5 Bill 6 Total Support Score (%) M1 (ic) M2 (ic) M3 (ic) M4 (nc) M5 (nc) 1,000 500 750 1,000 1,000 Y Y Y N N Y Y Y N N Y N Y Y N N Y Y N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y N 83 67 83 33 33 considered. Even when studying all six bills, contributions change only four votes of a possible thirty. To understand the importance of the four votes, it is vital to understand why those four votes changed.

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