Upping the Campaign Ante as Parties Compete to Control the State Legislature
Campaign financing in state legislative elections is a topic generating a great deal of interest. Difficulties in gathering and reporting data make it hard to provide comparative studies (either across time or across states) of this phenomenon. Recently a few cross-state studies have emerged, but almost no longitudinal studies exist. The authors analyze data from one state through seven election cycles (1978-1990). In so doing, they note the differential trends in campaign expenditures by chamber and show that much of that difference is due to increased party competition for control of the two chambers.
Moncrief, Gary F. and Patton, W. David. (1993). "Upping the Campaign Ante as Parties Compete to Control the State Legislature". State and Local Government Review, 25(1), 39-44.