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 2: The Voice of American Business: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 Elections
The Voice of American Business: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the 2010 Elections
In October of 2010, a frustrated President Barack Obama joined many other Democrats in criticizing the United States Chamber of Commerce for its $50 million voter education campaign, alleging that the Chamber was channeling foreign money into its advertisements.1 Four months later, Obama delivered a speech to the Chamber, promising to work cooperatively with the Chamber in the upcoming two years, praising many of the Chamber's programs, and highlighting areas of agreement between Obama and the Chamber.2
Obama's volte face says much about the “shellacking” his party received in 2010 and the steps Obama sought to take to ...