Deardorff, Michelle D.
Wintersieck, Amanda L.; Auchter, Jessica G.; Giles, David
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
In light of the increasing levels of polarization in terms of voting behavior among members of the U.S. House of Representatives over the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses, coupled with the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commision 558 U.S. 310 (2010), which authorized the use of unlimited fundraising and expenditure by outside groups in elections, the question was raised whether or not there was a correlation between these two occurrences. Specifically, this paper asks “what role does Super PAC funding play in the roll call vote choices of House Members of the 114th Congress?” To answer this, a chi-square test of independence is conducted between the dependent variable of vote choice and the independent variable of Super PAC funding across several different issue strata. I find that Super PAC funding is correlated strongly to House of Representatives members’ roll call vote choice.
Special thanks to all my Departmental Honors Committee members for lending me all their knowledge and insight, particularly Dr. Deardorff and Dr. Wintersieck.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Voting; United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Rules and practice
Scariano, Michael J., "Super PAC funding and its impact on voting behavior in the U.S. House of Representatives" (2016). Honors Theses.