Influences On Lawmakers

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Influences On Lawmakers

  1. 1. Influences on Lawmakers
  2. 2. Constituents • What is a constituent? – These are people a member of Congress represents • What does a constituent expect of its congressmen? – For him/her to Listen to the problems of voters – Be their voice in Washington • Constituent influences on Congress: – Phone calls – Letters – Post cards – Emails – Petitions
  3. 3. Political Parties • What is a political party? – An organization of people who share certain ideas about what government should do • What do political parties expect of its congressmen? – They expect them to support the party on issues that go before Congress • Influences on Congress: – Their party helps them get elected – The party expects support and will influence a congressmen – Provide financial support
  4. 4. Interest Groups • What is an interest group? – Groups of people who work together for similar interests or goals • What do interest groups expect of its congressmen? – They expect them to support their views on their particular issue • Influences on Congress: – Can provide financial support – Present facts and information on legislation
  5. 5. Interest Groups • Types of Interest Groups: – Operation Rescue – Nature Conservancy – National Rifle Association – American Israel Public Affairs Committee • What is a Lobbyist? – People who attempt to influence legislators and officials to support their group or organization
  6. 6. Personal Beliefs • What influences a Congressmen? – Personal values – The individuals own conscience – Facts being presented to him or her

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