Notes on Economic interest groups - Economic interest groups Government interest groups Interest group politics Direct lobbying direct interaction with

Notes on Economic interest groups - Economic interest...

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Economic interest groups Government interest groups Interest group politics Direct lobbying: direct interaction with public officials for the purpose of influencing policy decisions Indirect lobbying: attempts to influence government policymakers by encouraging the general public to put pressure on them Interest group resources Money Needed to purchase Staff Professional assistance Also needed to make campaign contributions PACs are limited to donating $5,000 per primary and general election campaign PAC spending continues to increase faster than inflation
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Unformatted text preview: Most PAC donations go to incumbents (79 percent) Most spending goes to incumbents and committee members Contributions buy access, not necessarily votes Interest group resources, cont’d. Leadership Effective leadership can offset other resource disadvantages (money, influence) Membership: size and intensity Larger groups generally have advantages (AARP) Intensity can make up for lack of numbers (NRA) Best possible situation is to have both...
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  • Spring '15
  • Chinmayi
  • Interest Rate, Political campaign, Accountable Fundraising, Group Resources

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