Unformatted text preview: influence-peddling. There are so many organized lobbies today, representing numerous segments of society and addressing such a wide range of issues, that the distinction between "special interests" and those of the American people may no longer be valid. In a sense, interest groups are the American people. There are 23,000 entries in the Encyclopedia of Associations, and a high percentage of them qualify as interest groups. Many have their national headquarters in Washington, D.C., for ready access to legislators and policymakers. Interest groups can be grouped into several broad categories....
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- Spring '08
- American People, Special Interests, D.C., Encyclopedia of Associations