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Checking Out: The Effects of Bank Overdrafts on the 1992 House Elections

Gary C. Jacobson and Michael A. Dimock
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Aug., 1994), pp. 601-624
DOI: 10.2307/2111599
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111599
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Checking Out: The Effects of Bank Overdrafts on the 1992 House Elections
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Abstract

The revelation that hundreds of House members had regularly overdrawn their checking accounts with the House bank without penalty injected a new and unanticipated issue into the 1992 elections. The consequences were profound. The scandal was a major reason for the unusually high turnover of House seats in 1992. Bank overdrafts contributed significantly to exit by all routes: retirement, defeat in the primary election, and defeat in the general election. Overdrafts did not automatically spell disaster for incumbents, however; a record of bad checks was far more damaging when exploited by an experienced, well-financed challenger.

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