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

Onward Union Soldiers? Organized Labor's Future in American Elections

Onward Union Soldiers? Organized Labor's Future in American Elections

Onward union soldiers? Organized labor's future in American elections
Peter L.Francia

Organized labor celebrated the results of two highly successful elections in 2006 and 2008. Democrats, many backed by labor, won majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2006 for the first time since the 1992 election. In 2008, unions supported Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, who defeated Republican John McCain. Democrats also increased their majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, giving the party unified control of the federal government. Yet, organized labor could not prevent a historic electoral reversal in 2010 as Republicans stormed back to win majority control of the U.S. House and reduced the Democrats’ majority in the U.S. Senate by ...

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