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
Chapter 9: Nimble Giants: How National Interest Groups Harnessed Tea Party Enthusiasm
Nimble Giants: How National Interest Groups Harnessed Tea Party Enthusiasm
With less than two months to go until the 2010 midterm elections, the streets of Capitol Hill were flooded with thousands of true believers. They came from all over the country, many on buses procured by local volunteers, often at considerable personal cost. They marched purposefully down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol—the perceived source of their grievances—armed with signs decrying everything from government intrusiveness, restrictive gun laws, abortion policies, and federal spending run amuck. And, though drawn from hundreds of vaguely affiliated and dispersed local groups, most of the protestors at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington identified under one common banner: the Tea Party.