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Posted by on Mar 6, 2008 in At TMV | 3 comments

Common Cause, Washington Monthly Explore Partnership

Jeffrey Birnbaum of the Washington Post writes that these two liberal institutions are considering some kind of merger. Common Cause has a subscriber list that the Washington Monthly might use to build subscribers. And the Washington Monthly is a well regarded liberal institution that can add voice to the mission of Common Cause.

I am posting on this because it highlights one of my pet peeves that groups with similar missions don’t merge and take advantage of synergies to expand the leverage of their resources. Why do folks like me who support “Campaign Reform” have to chose which of a score of similar groups will get my donations? Why am I asked to help pay for dozens of leases, phones, ISPs, fund raising drives,etc?

I am sure that “control” has much to do with this. But I wish that the leaders of each group would have more commitment to the realization of their shared missions than to the aggrandizement of their egos.

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  • I often wonder the same thing. Which coalition do I throw my support behind, and why should I have to research to see which group is “the best”?

    But… just to play a little devil’s advocate:

    What about a little competition among advocacy groups/NGOs. Arguably they have to compete to be more efficient with supporters funds, get better results, and better connect to their supporters in order to continue their own existence. Wouldn’t this lead to better advocacy.

    Obviously there are problems with this—does the “advocacy market” really function like a free and fair market? Would it produce desirable outcomes?

    I don’t know, but it is an interesting point.

  • PaulSilver

    I seems to me that the advocacy industry has the same challenge as commerce which is to raise enough money to get your message across and mission accomplished.
    If Unity 08, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and others, pooled their resources we might achieve the critical mass of money and support to get some of reforms passed into law.

  • Davebo

    If Unity 08, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and others, pooled their resources we might achieve the critical mass of money and support to get some of reforms passed into law.

    Paul, I agree with you. And I don’t want you to take this the wrong way but….

    Isn’t that a pretty staggering statement? That if we could only raise enough money (and support, though obviously our level of support will be judged by how much money we’ve raised) we could get good legislation passed.

    I’m pretty sure that’s not how the founding fathers envisioned it.

    In the end it becomes as scheme that as a small business owner I find ingenious.

    Give to my campaign so I can represent your interests in Congress/Senate/White House.

    Great! We got it done and I’m in office. Now what were you’re interests again? At this point we can either donate for the upcoming election or perhaps there’s a certain “fixer” on K Street we need to talk to.

    The Senate and House move slowly as we all know. But as a member of the House, I have to run every two years. Hint….

    No one in the loop stands to gain from logical lobby reform and the First Amendment makes it difficult to begin with.

    And on it goes…..

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