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


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

How Public Interest Groups Gain Members, Money, and Public Support

Who gives? Capital Research Center is a conservative watchdog and Sourcewatch is a liberal watchdog.

Big-money donors do more than donate big money. They serve as fundraisers and spokespeople for their causes. See, for instance, Laurie David:

Autism Speaks, which has rapidly become the lead organization in the field, is very active in government affairs.

Click here for a list of the biggest foundations.
Click here for top corporate foundations.

Reported trends in a problem may affect public awareness. But the numbers are not always what they seem.

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