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Unformatted text preview: choices. Elected politicians also rely on the financial support of organized interests to fund their campaigns. In addition to using these insider tactics to influence legislation, however, interest groups often go "over the heads" of politicians through litigation or campaigns to sway public opinion. Critics charge that interest groups corrupt democracy by putting special interests ahead of the public good. Others accuse the pluralist political system of biasing our process toward those with the most resources or blocking any meaningful reforms of government policy. Although these concerns are serious, the proliferation of interest groups has actually increased the clout of elected politicians, who generally are unwilling to act against the wishes of voters....
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- Summer '08