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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.

The Power of Negative Lobbying
The Power of Negative Lobbying
Amy Melissa McKay

On January 18, 2012, the Internet went on strike. An estimated 1 billion people trying to visit their usual websites were hampered by lobbying efforts against the U.S. House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).1 These proposals would have imposed significant fines and penalties on Internet sites that linked to copyrighted content. Users who watched or listened to media without paying for it in violation of copyright law could be punished with up to five years in prison. Proponents of the bill included the foremost media content producers, including motion picture companies, record labels, and television networks. At first, the media giants were able to persuade ...

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