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

Interest Groups Unleashed: Beyond the 2010 Election Cycle

Interest Groups Unleashed: Beyond the 2010 Election Cycle

Interest groups unleashed: Beyond the 2010 election cycle
Paul S.Herrnson, Christopher J.Deering, ClydeWilcox

You, the Colbert Nation, could have a voice in the form of my voice shouted through a megaphone made of cash.

—Stephen Colbert, 20111

So said the comedian Stephen Colbert to his audience on The Colbert Report as part of his long running political satire poking fun at the implications of recent free speech rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The on-show shtick was not enough, of course; Colbert also announced his intention to form a new independent expenditure-only committee, a super PAC, called Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (ABTT). And he did just that in much ballyhooed visits to the FEC, first to file and then ...

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