The Iron Triangle of elected officials, bureaucrats, and special-interest
groups tends to "warp planning to their own ends rather than to the public interests."
BE: Political observers say Republican Party appeals to race and opposition to taxes and "special-interest
groups" have wooed white, mostly male moderates and conservatives.
(2) Should political campaigns be financed exclusively with government money to remove special-interest
That's what This Old House magazine is banking on with the latest in its new special-interest
Instead, they faced special-interest
Nader accepted the invitation, promising to use the California platform to expose "the corrosive impact of special-interest
money" and to build "a catalyst for the creation of a new model for electoral politics."
Second, strong parties can shield lawmakers from the very special-interest
influence that many accuse them of surrendering to.
Earned $2.7 million in speaking fees, much of it from special-interest
groups, in two years after leaving Senate.
Some retailers could say: 'That is a little too specialized for my audience.' " Joe Pagano, merchandise manager in charge of home video for Best Buy, said that, although special-interest
tapes generally are strongly performing, documentaries in particular "are not a significant part of our business." Documentaries -- and how-to tapes -- constitute less than 1 percent of Best Buy's video business, according to Pagano.
For example, Congress does not normally delegate its authority to tax; still, few would argue that the tax code is less of a special-interest
circus than any regulatory program.
More and more narrowly defined special-interest
groups are springing up in Washington, complete with a full array of lobbyists, lawyers, influence peddlers, and PACs, to defend and improve upon their government subsidies, tax breaks, trade preferences, and rigged deals.
Similarly, Sorauf concedes that the dominance of special-interest
money is at least seen as a problem by the public.