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government and discuss the group’s issues and concerns. Lobbyists say that their job is to provide information to decision makers. The information lobbyists provide has been carefully chosen to persuade the audience to take one side of an issue. Lawmakers have to be aware of the bias in the lobbyists’ messages and consider both sides before they make any decision. Endorsing Candidates During elections, some interest groups may endorse , or officially support, candidates. Groups choose a candidate to support based on what the candidate has done in the past and where the candidate stands on issues important to the group. Once the candidate is in office, he or she may introduce new bills, support existing laws, or use influence on important committees. In return, the interest group encourages its members to vote for that person in the next election. In addition, the interest group may donate money to the candidate’s election campaign. Bias : favoring one view over another. Interest Groups Name:
Vocabulary. Match the term to the correct definition. _ C _ 2. advocate G _ 3. political action committee _ H _ 4. interest group _ A _ 5. bias _ F _ 6. campaign financing _ E _ 7. lobbyist D _ 8. public opinion _ B _ 1. interest A) favoring one view or another B) attention paid to something C) to promote or support D) collection of opinions or attitudes E) represent interest groups and communicate with officials F) how money is earned to pay for political campaigns G) organizations that help interest groups raise money for campaigns H) a group of people who work to influence government about a set of issues How Do You Lobby? Read each interest group lobby activity and decide if it is an example of informing (I), donating money (D), or endorsing a candidate running for office (E). ___ 9. Representatives interview a candidate to see if he or she will support the group’s position on nuclear plants. If so, the group will back this candidate. ___ 10. Volunteers from a teen health interest group go into schools and educate students about the dangers of underage drinking. ___ 11. An interest group runs an ad that supports a candidate running for office. ___ 12. Lobbyists visit with members of Congress and local officials to share their reasons for supporting or opposing an upcoming bill. ___ 13. Once a candidate has been endorsed, members of an interest group help raise donations to help the candidate’s campaign. ___ 14. A group runs TV and radio ads about an issue in order to raise public concern and spur the public to action. Question: Do guns in the home increase or decrease security in the home? Just the Facts? Look at how two different interest groups address the same question. Draw a line matching each group to the answer it would give.
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