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1 Do you feel that special interest groups have too much power in politics today? Why or why not? Do you think we should allow these interest groups to continue to function as they currently do? Why or why not? What do you think would happen to our nation if we did not allow interest groups to continue to operate? Special interest groups and lobbyists in my opinion do have too much power and politics today. But to look at them you have to break them down. There are three different types of interest groups. Economic groups, citizen groups, and single issue groups. These groups are how they show what what are the important political issues of the day. They show support for ideas, and they are effective ways to influence politics and to achieve a political goal. I feel I do have too much power by taking from others without will. But they do have the ability to have too little of power as well. They are masters at using resources like people, money, and topic expertise to support their lobbying efforts. These lobbying groups in essence "buy" their influence over the government, due to the fact that the majority of money comes from businesses and corporations than from any other source. Thus, they have an inside track for a connection with the government that an ordinary person does not have. Unfortunately interest groups have been a long existing essential portion of the American political system. A shining example of such lobbying and political interest group is big tobacco. For decades tobacco companies were able to push their product through media sources such as television, and print. While the whole time knowing that the chemicals in the tobacco products were a significant cause in cancer. These groups lobbied the government to continue their advertising campaign and beat down the critics pushing for regulations on chemicals and sales due to the carcinogenic effect.
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