Do Interest Groups Reward Politicians for Their Votes in the Legislature? Evidence from the Recent Financial Crisis

Sungmun Choi
2014 Social Science Research Network  
Interest groups lobby politicians in various ways to in ‡uence their policy decisions, especially, their voting decisions in the legislature. Most, if not all, of the studies on this issue examine "pre-vote" lobbying activities of interest groups that occur before politicians vote in the legislature. In this paper, however, I examine "post-vote" lobbying activities of interest groups that occur after politicians vote in the legislature. I ...rst develop theoretical models to show how such
more » ... show how such post-vote lobbying can be sustained. Then, by using data on the amount of monetary contributions given by interest groups to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have served in the 109th (
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2404240 fatcat:his7e2256ffrdifbtthgshbpt4