“Lobbyists: Easy target, easy touch; Presidential candidates assail lobbyists but also willingly take cash from them”

Politico: Bush, whose closest advisers in recent months — including Mike Murphy and Al Cardenas — have worked for lobbying firms, isn’t alone in criticizing the industry. As presidential candidates look to portray themselves as Washington outsiders, the lobbying industry … Continue reading

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Whose party is it anyway?

Coauthored with Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas Law School In yesterday’s post, we described how major functions once performed by official party organizations are migrating instead to what we call shadow parties—groups situated outside the official party apparatus, but clearly … Continue reading

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A war within the Republican party?

  Coauthored with Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas Law School A recent story perfectly embodied the central puzzle in a paper that we recently published in the Supreme Court Review. The story tells about the war between the Koch brothers … Continue reading

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Pete Peterson at Zocalo Talks About Running for CA Secretary of State

Peterson: Also favoring the insider—particularly in California—is the substantial presence of the “third house”—a vast network of associations, corporations, and unions with lobbying interests in Sacramento. Most Californians have never heard of the California Infill Builders Federation PAC, the Technet … Continue reading

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