Unions And Other Special Interests
An informative article on unions and other special interests that affect policy in Sacramento is in the SF Chronicle today. While the article focuses mostly on unions, specifically government employee unions, it also refers to the Chamber of Commerce and other "special interests".
One thing I found interesting was the comparison of expenditures between labor and business for campaign spending. I've been reading lately that business/ corporate interests outspend unions anywhere from 20 to 24 to 1 in campaign contributions. The figures the article gives don't come close to that ratio, but I'll admit to not getting out and crunching the numbers with a calculator. Maybe I misread or misinterpreted them? Besides, they may be using different references to come up with their statistics than the ones throwing around the 20 to 1 ratios. Or, somebody just threw out the 20 to 1 ratio and everybody just accepted it and used it without looking into the source.