Risky Business: PAC Decision Making and Strategy

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By 1990, there were over 4000 Political Action Committees (PACs) active and visible in the USA. This study covers various perspectives of PACs - size, contribution strategies, access to Washington information networks and issues - by means of diverse case studies.
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Presents a study of how political action committees (PACs) participated in the 1992 congressional election--an election heavily influenced by redistricting, incumbent retirements, and voter hostility toward Congress. Eighteen scholars participated in the study by conducting research on one or more PACs, following the committees from the early stages of the election cycle through the final days of the campaign. For students, scholars, and political practitioners. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Coping with Increasing Business Influence: The AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education 19
3 The Business-Industry PAC: Trying to Lead in an Uncertain Election Climate 29
4 The National Committee for an Effective Congress: Liberalism, Partisanship, and Electoral Innovation 39
5 The Demise of a Lead PAC: The Free Congress PAC 56
6 The Nationalization of Education Politics: The National Education Association PAC and the 1992 Elections 65
7 AT&T PAC: A Pragmatic Giant 79
8 The Eaton Corporation Public Policy Association: Ideology, Pragmatism, and Big Business 93
9 The National Association of Realtors PAC: Rules or Rationality? 103
10 The National Abortion Rights Action League PAC: Reproductive Choice in the Spotlight 117
11 A New Political Pragmatism? The National Right to Life PAC 130
12 The National Federation of Federal Employees: Big Little Man? 143
13 The FHP Health Care PAC 151
14 The American Association of Publishers PAC 164
15 Grassroots Organization in Defense of Mother Nature: The Clean Water Action Vote Environment PAC 170
16 Le PAC C'est Moi: Brent Bozell and the Conservative Victory Committee 181
17 JustLife Action 195
18 The Washington PAC: One Man Can Make a Difference 202
19 New Kids on the Block: The WISH List and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in the 1992 Elections 214
20 How the Little People Choose: PAC Decisionmaking in the PHH Group, Inc., and the National Air Traffic Controllers' Association 224
21 Not So Risky Business: PAC Activity in 1992 239
App. A: Contributions to Congressional Candidates by Individual PACs 262
App. B: Expenditures by Individual PACs 297
About the Editors and Contributors 302
Index 305
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