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
in the lobbyists’ messages and consider both
sides before they make any decision.
During elections, some interest groups may
, 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
: favoring one
view over another.