Interest Groups and Lobbying. What is an Interest Group?. Organized group of individuals that share common goals or objectives Work to influence policymakers in all three branches of government, and at all levels Pluralism. Why People Join Interest Groups?. Free Riders
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Public Interest Groups – groups that advocate the interests of the collective, overall community
Nader organizations -- organizations organized under the leadership of consumer activist Ralph Nader
Special Interest Groups – narrowly focused interest groups.
Examples include abortion interest groups and groups that advocate for individuals who share a racial, ethnic or age associationPublic & Special Interest Groups
Lobbying – meeting officials and attempting to convince of your position on an issue; Lobbying also entails
testifying before congressional committees
testifying before executive rulemaking agencies
assisting in the drafting of legislation
providing information to legislators
assisting in nominating individuals to government posts
Ratings – scoring legislators based on their votes in congress, then making interested constituents aware of those scores
Campaign Assistance – providing workers for political campaigns
Political Action Committees –a committee that raises money and gives donation on behalf of organizations to political candidates or political parties.