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Cover Image: Interest Groups Unleashed
  • Date: 07/15/2012
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $44.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4522-0378-2
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Interest Groups Unleashed
Paul S. Herrnson, University of Maryland
Christopher J. Deering, George Washington University
Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

New scholarship for a new paradigm in interest groups politics…

The 2010 campaign and election was pivotal: the Republican takeover of the House, the advent of “super PACs,” and record-breaking sums spent on a midterm election. More than ever before, interest groups were able to mobilize new resources and new technologies in a shifting set of House and Senate races. This timely volume explores—in a series of lively case studies—a cross-section of groups, communities, and networks that vividly illustrates the “unleashing” of interest group activity in the electoral process in response to Citizens United and other court cases and events.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors

Paul S. Herrnson, Christopher J. Deering, Clyde Wilcox

1. A New Era of Interest Group Participation in Federal Elections
Paul S. Herrnson

2. The Voice of American Business: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 Elections
Robert G. Boatright

3. Drugs, Doctors, and Hospitals: Campaigning Post Health-Care Reform
Suzanne M. Robbins

4. More Bang for the Buck? Defense Industry Contributions and the 2010 Elections
Jake Haselswerdt and Christopher J. Deering

5. Past as Prologue: The Electoral Influence of Corporations
Michael M. Franz

6. Onward Union Soldiers? Organized Labor’s Future in American Elections
Peter L. Francia

7. It Wasn’t Easy Being Green in 2010: The League of Conservation Voters and the Uphill Battle to Make the Environment Matter
Ronald G. Shaiko

8. Iron Law of Emulation: American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS
John J. Pitney, Jr.
9. Nimble Giants: How National Interest Groups Harnessed Tea Party Enthusiasm
Jonathan Mummolo

10. School of Hard Knocks: Netroots Political Associations
David Karpf

11. Interest Groups Unleashed: Beyond the 2010 Election Cycle
Paul S. Herrnson, Christopher J. Deering, Clyde Wilcox

Appendix: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 08-205 (2010)
Opinion for the Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Dissenting Opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens

Paul S. Herrnson, University of Maryland

Paul S. Herrnson is director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship and professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington, 4th ed. (2004) and Party Campaigning in the 1980s (1988) and coauthor of The Financiers of Congressional Elections (2003). He is coeditor of several volumes, including War Stories from Capitol Hill (2003), Responsible Partisanship? The Evolution of American Political Parties Since 1950 (2003), Multiparty Politics in America, 2nd ed. (2002), and Playing Hardball: Campaigning for the U.S. Congress (2000). He has served as an American Political Science Association congressional fellow and has received several teaching awards, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Maryland.

Christopher J. Deering, George Washington University

Christopher J. Deering is professor of political science at George Washington University. He served as an APSA congressional fellow from 1984 to 1985 and is a former Brookings Institution research fellow. The author of numerous articles and contributed essays on congressional politics, he is the editor of Congressional Politics (1989).

Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

Clyde Wilcox is a professor of government at Georgetown University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Serious Money: Fundraising and Contributing in Presidential Nomination Campaigns (1995), Onward Christian Soldiers: The Christian Right in American Politics (1996), and Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (1999). His edited books include Women in Elected Office: Past, Present, and Future (1998), The Politics of Gay Rights (2000), and Understanding Public Opinion, 2nd ed. (2002).

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