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a. Explain the function of lobbyists. b. Describe the laws and rules that govern lobbyists.

Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups. SSCG11 The student will describe the influence of lobbyists (business, labor, professional organizations) and special interest groups on the legislative process. a. Explain the function of lobbyists.

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a. Explain the function of lobbyists. b. Describe the laws and rules that govern lobbyists.

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  1. Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups SSCG11 The student will describe the influence of lobbyists (business, labor, professional organizations) and special interest groups on the legislative process. a. Explain the function of lobbyists. b. Describe the laws and rules that govern lobbyists. c. Explain the function of special interest groups.

  2. What Are Interest Groups? • Interest Group (special interests) is an organization of people with similar policy goals that tries to influence the political process to try to achieve those goals. • Interest groups try to influence every branch and every level of government.

  3. What Do Interest Groups Do? • The most common and effective interest group technique is lobbying or seeking to influence and persuade others to support your group's position. • Lobbyists are hired by a university, businesses, foreign countries, trade associations, and anyone else wanting their voice heard on policy matters. • A Lobbyists is someone whose task it is to influence legislation or policymaking.

  4. Ethics Rules • Lobbyist-paid travel is forbidden. • Sponsored trips must be connected to their official duties. • All staffer's trips must be cleared in advance. • No gift of $50 or more may be accepted

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