RICHARD A. CLUCAS
Party Contributions and the Influence of Campaign Committee Chairs on Roll-Call Voting
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXII:179-94
Herrnson (1988) hypothesized that the increased activity of the four congressional campaign committees may increase the power of the campaign committee chairs on policy matters. In this paper I examine Herrnson's hypothesis. First, I analyze selected roll-call votes from the 98th and 99th Congresses to determine whether the committees' activities encourage members to be more supportive of positions advocated by the chairs of the House Democratic and Republican campaign committees. I then analyze the effect of these contributions on building party loyalty. I find that although the committees' activities have some influence on the amount of support freshman recipients give to the committee chairs, they have no effect on building support for the party.