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Brennan Degan Word Count: Discussion Paper #2 The concepts of lobbying and of interest groups have been addressed by many different names in their respective histories, but the ideas of both the groups about the process of lobbying the government have been around since the birth of the Constitution. However, though the actual business of lobbying is relatively age-old, the practice adapts with time. Most recently, the Internet has radically changed the speed and quality of everyday lobbying. The Internet impacts some of the key ways that interest groups influence policy makers in different levels and branches of government. It allows them to expand faster, have more effective indirect and direct approaches, let more people connect to a charismatic leader, and quickly distribute information and benefits to their members. Members are the lifeblood of any interest group. The Internet makes it possible for these groups to gain members at a much more expedient rate than they normally would be able to. Before, an interest group would have to stomp the pavement, or make connections through acquaintances in order get new members. Now, all a potential member has to do is type their interest into any search engine and up pops the website of a related interest group. This is an
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