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Interest groups . What they do & how they work. Interest group. A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an item of legislation, an industry, or a special segment of society . Examples: PETA, NAACP, ACLU, NRA, NEA, & ABA. Trade associations.

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Interest groups

Interest groups

What they do & how they work


Interest group
Interest group

  • A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an item of legislation, an industry, or a special segment of society.

  • Examples: PETA, NAACP, ACLU, NRA, NEA, & ABA


Trade associations
Trade associations

  • an association of organizations in the same trade formed to further their collective interests, esp in negotiating with governments, trade unions, etc

  • These usually are unheard of b/c they work behind the scenes on issues you don’t care abbot


Labor unions
Labor unions

  • an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests.

  • Famous ones: NEA, Teamsters, & UAW


Professional groups
Professional groups

  • a body of persons engaged in the same profession, formed usually to control entry into the profession, maintain standards, and represent the profession in discussions with other bodies

  • Examples: ABA & AMA


Societal groups
Societal groups

  • people sharing some social relation

  • Examples: NAACP and other groups that people share a similar social belief (church groups or peer groups)


Endorsement
Endorsement

  • an act of giving one's public approval or support to someone or something.

  • Why are endorsement so important?


PAC

  • Political action committee: A committee formed by business, labor, or other special-interest groups to raise money and make contributions to the campaigns of political candidates whom they support.

  • Biggest PAC’s:


Lobbying
lobbying

  • seek to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue

  • Biggest lobbyist groups:


Grassroots
Grassroots

  • the most basic level of an activity or organization.

  • grassroots organizations and most media savey:


Class action suits
Class action suits

  • A class action, class suit, or representative action is a lawsuit where a person sues a group of people, a group of people sues another group of people, or a group of people sues a person

  • Most famous:


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