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14. Interest Groups: Organizing to Influence, Critical Thinking Activity
Topic Overview Using the Video Readings Criticak Thinking Activity Web-Based Resources

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Interest Groups Recap:

Special interest groups, sometimes also described as pressure groups, advocacy groups or lobbyists, play a significant role in the political system of the United States. Such groups can shape elections by verbally endorsing candidates or contributing financially to campaigns with Political Action Committee (PAC) money. Once candidates are elected to office, members of these organizations commonly contact them to encourage support or opposition to legislation.

A more generic definition of a special interest group is a group of people that come together for a common purpose. Not all special interest groups are set up for a political cause. There are special interest groups for many purposes, and you likely belong to one without even knowing it.

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