After the Revolution: PACs, Lobbies, and the Republican Congress

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This edited collection of original commissioned essays tells the important story of how interest groups and PACs (Political Action Committees) from business, labor, and other activist organizations have worked with the changing rules governing lobbying and "sea change" provided by the Republican Revolution in 1994 to try to achieve their particular goals. This book shows how Congress and interest groups have interacted, how the current system works, and how certain changes may affect these relationships in the ...
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Overview

This edited collection of original commissioned essays tells the important story of how interest groups and PACs (Political Action Committees) from business, labor, and other activist organizations have worked with the changing rules governing lobbying and "sea change" provided by the Republican Revolution in 1994 to try to achieve their particular goals. This book shows how Congress and interest groups have interacted, how the current system works, and how certain changes may affect these relationships in the future. The essays, describing the lobbying tactics of business groups like AT&T, labor groups like AFL-CIO, and membership groups like The Sierra Club are written by accomplished political scientists who tell the stories in compelling and provocative ways, and describe how each group has handled the changes under the New Republican Congress. Anyone with an interest in campaigns, elections, and Congress.
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Political scientists experienced with interest groups were given standard sets of questions and sent to Capital Hill to construct detailed case studies of how particular groups have reacted to the Republican control of the US Congress since 1994. BIPAC, NRA, AFL-CIO COPE, The Sierra Club, AT&T, and WISH are among the groups. Suitable for undergraduate courses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780205269136
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/25/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 From Wall Street to Main Street: The National Federation of Independent Business and the New Republican Majority 18
Ch. 3 BIPAC: Working to Keep a Probusiness Congress 36
Ch. 4 The Doctors' Lobby 47
Ch. 5 Political Firepower: The National Rifle Association 66
Ch. 6 Building to Win, Building to Last: AFL-CIO COPE Takes on the Republican Congress 77
Ch. 7 Still Bringing Home the Bacon: The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 94
Ch. 8 The Sierra Club Political Committee 102
Ch. 9 League of Conservation Voters 118
Ch. 10 NARAL PAC: Battling for Women's Reproductive Rights 134
Ch. 11 The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund Comes of Age: Reflections on the 1996 Elections 144
Ch. 12 AT&T PAC: The Perils of Pragmatism 152
Ch. 13 The Realtors Political Action Committee: Covering All Contingencies 170
Ch. 14 WISH List: Pro-Choice Women in the Republican Congress 184
Ch. 15 Revolutionary Change or More of the Same? PACs, Lobbies, and the Republican Congress 192
References 198
Index 207
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