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11-2 Lecture - Danielle McLean American Government Politics...

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Danielle McLean American Government & Politics 11/2/06 Groups & Interests 1. Interest Groups: What do they do? 2. The free-rider problem 3. Pluralism and its critics 4. Campaign Finance Reform 5. The top 10 players in the 2006 money game organizations of people who hold common views that influence what government does, promoting interests by influencing what government does (products) sometimes called lobby groups/lobbyists lobby: refers to efforts to persuade decision makers/ research, etc. – inside connections and lobby members of congress to get things enacted that they prefer - also try to shape inputs and who gets elected (some candidates financial backing and some not) lobby - file amicus briefs (friend of court) - role in helping run campaigns - represent special interests they are not themselves part of government- do not govern/make decisions not accountable to elected public in way of congressmen not always good for democracy- not for common good so when 2 parties they hide it
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