Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Conservative Groups Test Clout in Trump Era

RealClearPolitics by Caitlin Huey-Burns 

-- Conservative advocacy groups made a name for themselves in the Obama era by holding members of their own party accountable on policy issues. They funded primary campaigns against Republicans they perceived to be squishy, ran score cards on key votes, poured millions of dollars into various campaigns, and mobilized grassroots activism to great effect.

And they aren't letting up now, even as Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House and the chance for major reforms hangs in the balance.

But while their mission hasn't changed, key dynamics have: namely, a GOP president who isn't an ideologue and didn't campaign as a conservative.

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