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  1. Interest Group Review

  2. What is the pluralist theory?

  3. What is a PAC?

  4. Why have PACS increased since 1970’s?

  5. What is the difference between a PAC and a 527/501 group?

  6. Name that PAC What is the NEA and who does it represent?

  7. Name that PAC • What is AFSME and who does it represent?

  8. Name that PAC • AMA?

  9. What is the ACLU?

  10. What is a public interest law firm?

  11. What is the Heritage Foundation?

  12. What is the Progressive Policy Council?

  13. What does a Think Tank do?

  14. Name five things Interest Groups do to influence government.

  15. Influence of IG’s • Lobbying politicians • Testify before committee hearings • Contacting politicians one-on-one • Help draft legislation • Educated in the public on issues • Think Tank research disseminated • Advertising • Cooperate with other interest groups

  16. Influence of IG’s • Ratings of politicians • On websites • In group newsletters/magazines • Campaign donations/assist in elections • Start a lawsuit to challenge law or policy • Protest/demonstration

  17. Single Issue Groups

  18. Name some gun related IG’s

  19. NRA (pro 2nd amendment) • Brady Campaign

  20. Name at least 2 abortion related interest groups.

  21. Emily’s List • NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) • NRLC ( National Right to Life Committee) • American Life League

  22. Types of Groups • PACS • Formed due to government regulation of businesses with campaigns and elections • Greatly increased due to more reguation since 1970s • Public Interest Law Firms • Think Tanks • Ideological (usually single issue) • Came from social movements in 60’s and 70’s • Civil rights • environmental

  23. Types of Groups • Economic (professional, business, labor, agriculture) • National Association of Realtors • AMA • NEA • National Trial Lawyers Association • Government Related • “Intergovernmental” – one of the fastest growing segments of IG’s • AFSME – American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees • National Governor’s Association • National Conference of State Legislatures