a) LARGE NUMBER of candidates b) Business PACS give slightly more to the majority c) Labor Unions give more than 90% to democrats d) Ideological PACs give to Democrats and Republicans about the same e) Money may end up where not intended (1) Conservative organization (2) Conservative republican leadership PAC (a) Could turn around and give it to more moderate Republican f) Modest donations g) Support incumbents rather than challenge h) Slightly more money to majority party
i) Friends-rather than fence sitters/opponents 6. Purpose? a) A foot in the door b) Opportunity for meeting c) Little evidence donation affect how legislators vote d) Vote generally determinant on party, ideology, constituents preferences 7. 2013-2014 election (1) $333 million for house and senate (a) Individuals give more money than PACs do (b) Average PAC contribution rather small (few hundred) 8. “Finest congress money can buy” a) Most likely has opposite effect (1) Probable that money will be available on every side of an issue (2) Members take money, but still decide for themselves b) Some true (1) Congress will tell PACs they expect money (2) Upsets but PAC feel they have no choice 9. Matters most a) Narrow issues b) Client politics
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