class07 - IPOs and Party Activists April 18, 2006 Today...

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IPOs and Party Activists April 18, 2006
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Today Review national party organizations Informal party organizations Party activists
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National Party Organizations Six electoral party organizations Two for the presidency Four for Congress Difficult to say which is “the” national party Depends in part on whether party controls the presidency Growing influence over Nominations Campaigns at every level State party organization/operation
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National central committees / LCCs National central committees / LCCs State central committees / LCCs State central committees / LCCs Legislative district committees Legislative district committees County committees County committees City committees City committees Ward/precinct Ward/precinct committees committees IPOs and affiliated groups IPOs and affiliated groups
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IPO Examples Orange Co. Republicans Lincoln Club New Majority L.A. Co. Democrats Maxine Waters (south L.A.) Alatorre-Torres (east L.A.) Waxman-Berman (west L.A.) Fresno Republicans
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Informal Party Organizations What they do Help secure nominations for candidates Help elect their nominees Fundraising, endorsements Major components Leaders and their inner circle Benefit seekers Activists Brokers How significant?
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Leaders Power and prestige Ideological colleagues Representation for groups Benefit seekers Coordination mechanism Constant reminder of obligations
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class07 - IPOs and Party Activists April 18, 2006 Today...

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