My research can be separated into two separate but related agendas: (1) the politics of position taking in the U.S. Congress, (2) and campaign spending in US elections. The former consists primarily of work aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of position taking in Congress. It includes work on minorities in Congress, foreign policy and legislative participation and effectiveness. The second agenda began with a 2010 publication that examines the link between PAC contributions and position taking. From there the agenda expanded to publications examining money and earmarks in Congress and campaign spending of Fortune 500 companies (respectively), as well as a major policy report on cronyism and economic growth in the state of New Mexico. I am currently working on papers dealing with campaign contribution of employees of major corporations, as well as the allocation patterns of Super PACs in congressional elections. In all, my articles appear in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Social Sciences Quarterly, American Politics Research, Congress and the Presidency and PS: Political Science and Politics and one chapter in an edited book at Temple University Press.