Interest Groups - 2/26/2010 Interest Groups What Are They?...

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2/26/2010 1 Interest Groups What Are They? – Organizations built around some common goal or belief that works to influence government policy/government officials – Alexis de Tocqueville: “Americans are forever forming associations.” Americans are joiners. • Americans join organizations. • Evolution of interest groups in the U.S. 1. After the Civil War 2. The Progressive era 3. 1960s and 1970s
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2 What do they do? Lobbying (The Iron Triangle) Grassroots lobbying Persuade the Public Litigation Why government officials listen? – Groups represent large number of voters. - Expertise – They show up. – Donations Political Action Committees ( PACs ) • Specialize in raising and spending money for campaigns • 608 in 1974, 4200 in 2008 • A smaller amount of campaign spending than you think • Many PACs give money to both parties. • Mostly purchasing access not votes
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2010 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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