In 2011, politicians were banned from using earmarks. Aaron Hedlund, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, and visiting Senior Fellow at the CGO maintains this policy results in citizens voting more ideologically. Prior to this policy, voters tended to vote for politicians that were more likely to achieve funding for their community and these politicians were more likely to be in the middle of the political ideology scale. Now with earmarking banned, voters’ main concern is ideology.
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