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August 08, 2013 8:08 AM How Interest Groups Really Gain Influence

What makes an interest group influential? In a new article in Interest Groups and Advocacy (currently ungated), Michael Heaney and Geoffrey Lorenz argue that a group becomes influential not because of its work in a single coalition, but rather because of...

By Seth Masket

May 06, 2013 11:03 AM Interest Groups: Greedy Bastards and Democracy

Teaching a class about American politics, Congress, interest groups, or some related topics? You really should find room for this comment, from a Ryan Grim and John Celock article about the online sales tax fight: As one moderate Democratic senator...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 02, 2013 11:32 AM Leave Agribusiness Lobbyists ALOOOONE!

A few weeks ago, I posted about the Obama Administration’s effort to change outrageous and wasteful food aid rules that line the pockets of agribusiness and shipping companies. The more you look at the absurd policy preventing USAID from purchasing...

By Jonathan Zasloff

April 15, 2013 8:00 AM Happy Tax Day: How TurboTax Works to Keep Your Taxes Difficult

Why are taxes so hard? Part of the reason seems to be that tax preparation companies' lobbying efforts ensure that doing your taxes are really complicated. When doing your taxes you may notice that, if you're like most people, virtually...

By Daniel Luzer

March 25, 2013 11:54 AM The Real Truth About Lobbying

What do Enron’s emails teach us about lobbying? Popular discussions of lobbying focus on quid pro quo transactions between legislators and lobbyists, with campaign contributions as the currency of choice. And if any company had the connections, incentives and willingness...

By Dan Hopkins