Freshmen-Fund Raising

Number 20633
Subject Campaign Finance
Source Associated Press
State DC
Year 2003
Publication Date September 19, 2003
Summary Jonathan Salant of the Associated Press performed a computer-assisted analysis of PAC contributions to House freshmen, and found that the first-year lawmakers received more money from special interests under the jurisdiction of their committees than they received prior to their election. Using campaign finance disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and analyses done by the Center for Responsive Politics, the reporter built a database of 37 freshmen House members. It revealed that "all but two of the lawmakers got a larger percentage of their PAC money from the industries and unions under their panel's jurisdiction than they had received before getting their committee assignments." Said one source: "Committees are often where the action is."
Category General
Pages 8
Keywords contributions;freshmen;congress;federal election commission;FEC;CAR;special interests;PAC;political action committee;Ginny Brown-Waite;donations;center for responsive politics;database;data
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