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The Regulation of Grassroots Lobbying

By William R. Maurer
March 31, 2010
President Obama’s domestic policies have generated opposition among many in the general public and mobilized previously uninvolved citizens. This opposition has manifested itself in public rallies, “tea party” protests, and spirited feedback at town hall meetings. Supporters of the president’s policies have accused those participating of being part of a larger, organized conspiracy or, at the very least, pawns of the healthcare industry, insurance companies, the Republican and Libertarian parties, and K Street lobbyists. Even White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs alleged that the protests were the result of “groups . . . that have bragged about organizing and manufacturing that anger” who have been “busing people in and planting people at these rallies.” ...