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With its broad spectrum of scholarship on interest groups past and present, Interest Group Politics brings together noted political scientists to provide comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge research on the role and impact of interest groups in U.S. politics, all geared to an undergraduate audience. In the wake of the Citizens United decision and the growth of lobbying into a multi-billion dollar industry, this trusted classic provides students with a guide to the influence and reach of interest groups.

Interest Group Interests in Congressional Primaries
Interest Group Interests in Congressional Primaries
Robert G. Boatright

Current Speaker of the House John Boehner is one of the few members of Congress who won his seat by defeating an incumbent in a primary election. He did so in 1990, following incumbent Donald “Buz” Lukens’s conviction for having sex with a minor. The near inevitability of Boehner’s victory is evident in the list of interest groups that supported him during that primary. Boehner raised $74,300 from PACs during the race—a small sum when compared to contemporary PAC contributions of independent spending but a substantial amount compared to other primary candidates in 1990.1 Boehner’s contributors during the primary included the American Medical Association PAC, the National Association of Home Builders, ...

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