Risky Business? Pac Decisionmaking in Congressional Elections

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involved, similar to its success rate in previous election cycles. Of the candidates who lost, most were within five percentage points of winning their elections. 21 Despite her concerns early in the election cycle about whether to support more incumbents than in previous years, in the end Bernadette Budde felt that BIPAC made sensible choices in the candidates it supported in 1992. 22

BIPAC's role as a lead PAC remained intact in 1992. Despite the frustrations caused by the slowness of redistricting and the uncertainty over the fate of incumbents, BIPAC's decisionmaking procedures worked well, and there were few surprises for the PAC when the elections were over.


Notes

This chapter would not have been completed without the cooperation of Bernadette Budde, the political director of BIPAC. I am grateful to Ms. Budde for her willingness to share her thoughts on the 1992 election cycle with me. I also appreciate the help of my research assistant, Mami Ezra, in the compilation of some of the tables in this chapter.

1.
Calculated from Federal Election Commission data.
2.
Personal interview with Bernadette Budde, vice president, Public Relations, BIPAC, November 4, 1991.
7.
Personal interview with Bernadette Budde, June 23, 1992.
8.
Personal interview with Bernadette Budde, March 26, 1992.
9.
Personal interview with Bernadette Budde, November 24, 1992.
11.
Budde interview, March 26, 1992.
12.
The five candidates were Congressman Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), a first-term incumbent supported by BIPAC in 1990, running against another incumbent, Congressman David Nagle (D-Iowa); Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot (R-Iowa); Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana); Senator John Seymour (R-California); and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona).
13.
Budde interview, November 4, 1992.
14.
Budde interview, March 26, 1992.
15.
Personal interview with Bernadette Budde, October 12, 1992.
19.
Budde interview, November 24, 1992.

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