Interest Groups Reading - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL J....

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL J. MALBIN TRUSTEES F. CHRISTOPHER ARTERTON JEFFREY BELL J. KENNETH BLACKWELL WILLIAM E. BROCK BECKY CAIN ROD CHANDLER DAVID COHEN ANTHONY CORRADO VIC FAZIO GEORGE GOULD C. BOYDEN GRAY KENNETH A. GROSS RUTH JONES PHIL NOBLE TREVOR POTTER ACADEMIC ADVISORS JANET BOX-STEFFENSMEIER JAMES CAMPBELL ANTHONY CORRADO DIANA DWYRE JOHN C. GREEN GARY C. JACOBSON ROBIN KOLODNY RAY LA RAJA THOMAS E. MANN MARK J. ROZELL CLYDE WILCOX 1990 M. Street NW SUITE 380 WASHINGTON, DC 20036 202-969-8890 202-969-5612 FAX www.CFInst.org info@CFInst.org AFFILIATED WITH THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY New Interest Group Strategies -- A Preview of Post McCain-Feingold Politics? Theoretical Structure and A Preliminary Report On 2000 From the CFI Interest Group Project Michael J. Malbin The Campaign Finance Institute and University at Albany, SUNY mmalbin@CFInst.org Clyde Wilcox Georgetown University wilcoxc@erols.com Mark J. Rozell The Catholic University of America rozell@cua.edu Richard Skinner The Campaign Finance Institute rskinner@CFInst.org www.CFInst.org
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Contents Introduction 1 Theoretical Frameworks 3 Historical Overview: When Laws Change, So Do Groups’ Strategies 4 Organizational Adaptation to Environmental Change 8 Incentives: The Polarized Political-Legislative Environment 9 Organizational Learning 10 Diffusion of Innovation 12 Interest Group Tactics in 2000 14 Back to the Basics – Mobilizing Voters 15 Labor 16 NAACP 18 NARAL 19 BIPAC 20 US Chamber of Commerce 21 Citizens for a Sound Economy 21 National Rifle Association 22 Taking It to the Airwaves 23 League of Conservation Voters 23 Planned Parenthood 23 Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence (Handgun Control) 24 Business Issue Ads by Newly Created Groups -- Citizens for Better Medicare and Americans for Job Security 25 Internet Campaigns 26 What Have We Found? 28 Innovation and Diffusion of Learning in 2000 28 Partisanship and Strategy – Future Research Questions 29 Conclusions and Implications 30 Bibliography 34 Index of Organizations 39
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New Interest Group Strategies www.CFInst.org 2002 The Campaign Finance Institute I NTRODUCTION One of the fundamental premises of any system of legal regulation is that laws alter behavior -- either by direct prohibition or by altering the incentives for voluntary action. The assumption behind any campaign finance reform proposal is that changing the law will make a predictable difference. But the assumption is not self-evident. One common counterargument sees no predictable connection between campaign finance laws and their consequences. The so-called “hydraulic theory” says that laws will divert rather than restrain behavior because money, like water, will always find a way. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) is a good test
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