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 8: Iron Law of Emulation: American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS
Iron Law of Emulation: American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS
American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS are two nonparty groups that raised $71.4 million in the 2010 midterm campaign, helping Republicans retake the House and make major gains in the Senate.1 These sister organizations were brand new and were working in ways that had become possible only in the past few years. “What they've cooked up is brilliant,” one prominent Democrat told Rolling Stone. “Evil, but brilliant.”2
Ironically, they were the spawn of Democratic strength and Republican weakness. Outside groups had aided Democrats with television advertising and voter mobilization in 2004, and played a major role in the Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006. They also were active ...