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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.

Chapter 11: Lobbying in the Shadows : How Private Interests Hide From Public Scrutiny and Why That Matters

Lobbying in the Shadows : How Private Interests Hide From Public Scrutiny and Why That Matters
Lobbying in the Shadows: How Private Interests Hide From Public Scrutiny and Why That Matters
Timothy M. LaPira

After taking majority control of the House of Representatives following the 1994 elections, House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) championed the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) of 1995, a bill originally drafted by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).1 This bipartisan legislation was intended to shed light on the otherwise murky and mysterious world of lobbying in Washington. The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House and was swiftly signed into law by President Clinton. The purpose of the law was simple: to provide some degree of transparency and accountability to the large, ...

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