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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

Past as Prologue: The Electoral Influence of Corporations
Past as prologue: The electoral influence of corporations
Michael M.Franz

For over a century, there has been a fear about the role of corporations in American elections. In early 2010, when the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Citizens United v. FEC,1 which, as detailed in the Introduction, cleared the way for corporations, unions, and other groups to spend directly for the support or defeat of federal candidates, these concerns were amplified to a fever pitch. The 2010 congressional elections were the first major test of the Citizens United impact, and outside interests spent more money on express candidate advocacy than in any previous election in American history. Corporations played a unique role in those elections. They did not ...

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