Conservative groups’ lobbying unable to dim congressional support for farm programs
“It’s hard to argue that the farm and commodity groups didn’t come out the winner in this,” said Andrew Moylan, outreach director and senior fellow at the R Street Institute. “They saw a bill pass in an ostensibly conservative House of Representatives that was affirmatively to the left of the Senate bill and substantially to the left of the president’s budget requests.”
…R Street staffers, for example, met with about 125 Republican House offices in the span of a few weeks before the bill came up for a vote this year. Coalitions of conservative organizations penned letters to House leaders, held action events in the countryside and even joined with environmental groups at times in Capitol Hill briefings to present a more unified effort.