Presentation Title

Red, Blue, and Green: Acceptance of Lobbying Money Prevalent on Both Sides of the Aisle

Faculty Mentor

Jamie Love

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

1

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

A major issue on the democratic platform during this presidential election is the influence of corporate and individual lobbying and eliminating donor-based incentives that impact our democracy. This led to the question: who receives more lobbyist money between the two largest political parties: Democrat or Republican senators? Our original hypothesis was that Republicans would be the beneficiaries of a larger amount of lobbying funds. The purpose of this research was to identify, quantify, and analyze the amount of money that was given to the 2017-2018 sitting republican and democratic senators who were lobbied by political action committees and individuals spending over $ 200. This study analyzed the amount of money each sitting senator received during the 2017-2018 cycle that was reported by the Federal Election Committee in June of 2019 and published by the Center for Responsive Politics. This study measures the means and the total sums for each of the largest political parties. There was a significant difference in the amount of lobbyist money accepted by Democrats (M= $150,321.42, SD= $154,204) and Republicans (M= $75,628.67, SD= $72,778.28); t(66)=3.05, p = 0.00328. This research concluded that Democrats accept a larger total amount of lobbyist money as a party, and a higher average individual amount per congressperson. It was unexpected to find that the party that advocates for the removal of outside influence through campaign donations this election cycle, Democrats, have the congressional recipients with a statistically significant higher amount of lobbying funds. In spite of this irony, it is important for both parties to address the issue of financially based motivations for legislation in our government, and analyzing and addressing this data is an important piece of the discussion.

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Red, Blue, and Green: Acceptance of Lobbying Money Prevalent on Both Sides of the Aisle

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A major issue on the democratic platform during this presidential election is the influence of corporate and individual lobbying and eliminating donor-based incentives that impact our democracy. This led to the question: who receives more lobbyist money between the two largest political parties: Democrat or Republican senators? Our original hypothesis was that Republicans would be the beneficiaries of a larger amount of lobbying funds. The purpose of this research was to identify, quantify, and analyze the amount of money that was given to the 2017-2018 sitting republican and democratic senators who were lobbied by political action committees and individuals spending over $ 200. This study analyzed the amount of money each sitting senator received during the 2017-2018 cycle that was reported by the Federal Election Committee in June of 2019 and published by the Center for Responsive Politics. This study measures the means and the total sums for each of the largest political parties. There was a significant difference in the amount of lobbyist money accepted by Democrats (M= $150,321.42, SD= $154,204) and Republicans (M= $75,628.67, SD= $72,778.28); t(66)=3.05, p = 0.00328. This research concluded that Democrats accept a larger total amount of lobbyist money as a party, and a higher average individual amount per congressperson. It was unexpected to find that the party that advocates for the removal of outside influence through campaign donations this election cycle, Democrats, have the congressional recipients with a statistically significant higher amount of lobbying funds. In spite of this irony, it is important for both parties to address the issue of financially based motivations for legislation in our government, and analyzing and addressing this data is an important piece of the discussion.