I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Monday, February 18, 2008

Interest Group Pay

National Journal leads an article on trade-association salaries by describing a bidding war for a former House member.
The MPAA-PhRMA clash was an example of the lengths that associations go to in their quest to hire the right leader. Trade groups and other nonprofits are putting a lot of cash on the table -- and promising a stream of future benefits -- to the person they believe will deliver for their industry or profession in the nation's capital. "These are power brokers that make a difference," says Leslie Hortum, manager of the Washington office of executive search firm Spencer Stuart, which has placed a number of individuals, including Glickman, at top-paying associations. "They are rainmakers. They get their phone calls returned. And organizations are willing to pay."

Full story is here.

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