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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

A New Era of Interest Group Participation in Federal Elections
A new era of interest group participation in federal elections
Paul S.Herrnson

The 2010 midterm congressional election will be remembered for many things: an electorate angry over the worst economic recession since the 1930s, the Tea Party movement channeling that anger against moderate Republicans and many Democrats, the defeat of numerous senior Democratic members of the House and Senate, and the Republicans’ capitalizing on the volatile political environment to achieve a net gain of sixty-three House and six Senate seats. All of these occurrences are important, but they are associated with an unusual election cycle that occurred in a unique political environment. Two developments associated with 2010 that will prove more enduring concern the participation of a ...

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