The Cuban American National Foundation and Its Role as an Ethnic Interest Group
Henn, Margaret Katherine. “The Cuban American National Foundation and Its Role as an Ethnic Interest Group”, Boston College, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/568.
In this thesis I discuss the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) and its unique success as an ethnic interest group. I explain how the group came to be. I then address a number of reasons that scholars give as to why the CANF still exerts so much influence today. These reasons include but are not limited to: government favoritism during the cold war, the group's influence as a voting bloc, and campaign donations to prominent politicians. I discuss each of these theories and conclude that they all contain a grain of truth, yet none of them is significant enough to fully explain the situation. I conclude by finding the situation to be over-determined.