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Wilson Campbell

Wilson Campbell

  • This has been the case for the last decade at least. Approval ratings for congress plummeted over the last several years under either party’s control. However, this article focuses heavily on interest groups and suggests they have a negative impact. However, interest groups gain power through constituent

    This has been the case for the last decade at least. Approval ratings for congress plummeted over the last several years under either party’s control. However, this article focuses heavily on interest groups and suggests they have a negative impact. However, interest groups gain power through constituent support. Interest groups have grown in power due to Congress failing to meet the desires of the people. So the people have consolidated their power into these groups, and as such, these groups bear greater representation of what the population wants more than any other means of determining what the population desires.

    If you consolidate all the organizations that share in like policy desires, and count up the number of their regular contributors, you have an accurate count of the percent of the population that is in favor of the policies they push for. Too many times, analyzers focus on the money they receive which allows large donors to throw off the actual accounting for people. If a collection of pro-climate regulation organizations have a total number of supporters greater than the collection of organizations supporting efforts to reduce regulation, than there is clearly a larger number of people in the country who desire such policies. The same works in the reverse of course.

    There is corruption to account for but the actual count of supporters is a good neutral base to utilize as opposed to cash flow for these PACs. So it is actually quite sound to listen to such organizations who are driven by the numbers of supporters. Those who want to throw money around in order to persuade, however, should not be trusted. Such is true on both sides of the political spectrum.