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Title: Special Interest Groups


1
Special Interest Groups
  • Influences in American Politics

2
What is a special interest group?
  • Special interest groups are groups that are only
    interested in one or two particular interests.
  • Their goal is to influence government officials
    into promoting and/ or voting for their
    particular political interests.

3
What is the difference between a Special Interest
and a Political Party?
  • 1 The main goal of a political party is have
    people elected to political positions to
    represent the interests of the party, while the
    interest group has no political desires.

4
And . . .
  • 2 Most political parties have a wide range of
    political views while interest groups concentrate
    on only a few issues.

5
Anything else . . .
  • Most interest groups are regionalized and local,
    while political parties tend to be on a national
    level.
  • As media outlets have grown over the years, so
    has the nationalization of many of these groups.

6
What is the purpose of a special interest group?
  • Interest groups help to bridge the gap between
    citizens of an area and the local, state, and
    federal politicians that represent that area.
  • In other words, they attempt to convince
    politicians how to vote.

7
How do they influence the government?
  • 1 - Number of supporters in the special interest
    group.
  • 2 - Amount of wealth the special interest group
    has.
  • How interested Americans become in their
    interests. This is done through organization and
    media.

8
How Do You Get Involved in an Interest Group?
  • Have an interest in what the group is promoting.
  • Join the group (college campuses are big
    recruiting grounds for SIGs)

9
Some Interest Groups in America Today
  • NRA National Rifle Association
  • WWF World Wildlife Fund
  • SADD Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • NEA National Education Association
  • FAIR Federation for American Immigration Reform
  • Americans for Tax Reform

10
Who are these people?
  • http//pag.vancouver.wsu.edu/
  • Google political interest groups
  • More popular groups include the NRA, WWF, GLAAD,
    PETA, MADD, SADD
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