Adam Bonica is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University. His dissertation concerns the role of ideology in American politics, with a methodological focus on spatial modeling and ideal point estimation. He is currently engaged in two major research projects. The first develops a new empirical method for estimating ideological positions from campaign finance records. Adam is using this new method to assess the extent to which recent trends in campaign finance have contributed to partisan polarization. His second project seeks to generate high quality survey data on public preferences regarding the federal budget by employing an interactive questionnaire that forces respondents to make budgetary trade-offs. This technique provides a superior measure of fiscal preferences and a rich environment for ideological analysis and exploratory public opinion research.