PLSC 083 Lobbying the Federal Government
October 29, 2001
Readings: Wolpe and Levine, Ch. 4-5.
Papers due on Wednesday. These should focus on application of the theoretical questions from your most recent paper to your case. Detailed references should focus on where the theory is confirmed, where you contradict the theory, whether other theoretical approaches help explain better, etc. Refer not just to the case overview as many of you did in the last paper, but to more details about the case available on the various web pages saved for your use.
Next Monday: University government relations office. Come with questions about what you think the universityís goals in Washington should be. What is it like to be an advocate in the† public service?
From last week: Wolpe and Levineís list of advice makes it all sound so courtly. Donít people have enemies?† What themes can you discern from these authorsí pieces of advice? Do they seem to be bomb-throwers or insiders? Long-term or short-term players? Note that their perspective leads to advice that may be useful for them but less useful for other types of actors. What kinds of advocates might disagree with this set of advice?
Ch. 4. Fund-raising and contributing
Roles of PACs. Where did these come from? What are the limits to individual and corporate giving? Why is there so much attention to PAC contributions? 1974 FECA and amendments. Why did it begin in 1974 of all years? Was that the beginning of money in politics?
Role of groups in raising money. Bundling contributions. How much time this takes. Is fund-raising lobbying?
Ch. 5. The Corrolaries
1. Status-quo bias. They give several reasons for this. Note how this may affect your case.