Presentation on theme: "INTEREST GROUPS. Interest Groups Economic Groups Material incentives 1. Labor Groups 2. Business Groups 3. Agricultural Groups 4. Professional Groups."— Presentation transcript:
Interest Groups Economic Groups Material incentives 1. Labor Groups 2. Business Groups 3. Agricultural Groups 4. Professional Groups
Interest Groups Citizens Groups Purposive Incentives Public/Interest Groups Broadly shared beliefs (League of Women Voters) Single Issue Groups (NRA, Pro-life) Ideological Groups Broader focus rather than single issue (NAACP, NOW, AARP) Target a specific demographic
Reasons for the Rise of Interest Groups 1. Divisions in American Society Religion, economic, ethnic, regional, social, etc. 2. U.S. Constitutional System Many points of access to politicians 3. Social Movements 4. Growth of Government 5. Economic Development
5 Activities of Interest Groups 1. Old Breed Lobbying One to one (Lobbyist to Politician) Schmoozing Connections
Activities of Interest Groups 2. Grassroots Lobbying Centered on the people/masses A) Petitions – American CensorshipAmerican Censorship B)Protest/Demonstrations/Marches C)Special Interest Groups inform voters Political cues Ratings – League of Conservation VotersLeague of Conservation Voters D) G.O.T.V.
Activities of Interest Groups 3. Provide information to the govt. Congressmen/staff/Executive Office of the President/Bureaucracy/Supreme Court/Federal Courts *Amicus Curiae Briefs *Congressional Committees Testify/share info. Inform them of their rating system *Help craft legislation *Provide info. on specific topics to Congressmen who may not know a lot about it
Activities of Interest Groups 4. Become a PAC *Donate to Campaigns DEF: PAC is a special interest group that donates money to political campaigns. Registered with FEC.