Ideological interest groups

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Ideological interest groups Ideological interest groups  view all issues — federal spending, taxes, foreign affairs, court  appointments, and so forth — through the lens of their political ideology, typically liberal or  conservative. Their support for legislation or policy depends exclusively on whether they find it  ideologically sound. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), a liberal group, and the American  Conservative Union (ACU) rate elected officials by the same standard. A Republican challenger  might point to an incumbent's high ADA rating to show that he or she is too liberal to represent the  district.  Single-issue interest groups Some interest groups are formed to advocate for or against a single issue. Although other interest  groups may have a position for or against gun control, it is the only issue in the political arena for the 
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Unformatted text preview: National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Coalition to Ban Handguns (NCBH). The same is true of abortion, which pits the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) against the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). These examples are not meant to suggest that single-issue interest groups always generate their opposite. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which campaigns for stiffer sentences for driving while intoxicated and mandatory penalties for the first offense, clearly does not. Although most interest groups focus on domestic issues, some are concerned with foreign policy. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), for example, focuses on the Middle East and the relationship between the United States and Israel....
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