Unformatted text preview: affiliation. Interest Groups • Interest groups can be defined as organizations that seek to influence public policy without the responsibility of running the government. They are interested in policy, not political parties (National Rifle Association, American Bar Association, & American Association of Retired People). • Interest groups can be divided two different ways: 1) PAC (Political Action Committee): a group organized to raise funds for candidates and causes with the expectation of a direct benefit from their contribution. There is no guarantee. 2) Public Interest group: a group organized to raise funds for candidates and causes without the expectation of a direct benefit for the contribution (Environmental groups want pro-environment legislation passed, but the benefit is not direct)....
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- Spring '08
- American Politics, International Democrat Union, National Party, Political action committee, public interest group