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16 Pacs

  1. 1. P.A.C’s and Interest Groups Objective: Analyze the role that special interest plays in the nation’s agenda
  2. 2. M.A.D.D. <ul><li>Cindy Lighter founded M.A.D.D. (Mother’s Against Drunk Driving) after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver </li></ul><ul><li>She worked to have stronger laws passed at offenders driving drunk </li></ul><ul><li>People across the nation gave her money to support her fight </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purpose of Interest Groups <ul><li>Interest groups are organizations that people form in order to change or make laws that benefit their interest </li></ul><ul><li>There are 4,000 PACS in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>There are 3 common types of groups </li></ul><ul><li>1. Businesses activity </li></ul><ul><li>2. Private interest groups </li></ul><ul><li>3. Public interest groups </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do They Influence Government <ul><li>Interest groups hire people to influence Congress to vote their way </li></ul><ul><li>They are called lobbyists and there are 34,750 of them in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>That’s 65 lobbyist for each member of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>These lobbyists bring information to the members of Congress on important issues </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do They Influence Government <ul><li>They use media to get their message out to the public </li></ul><ul><li>They write letters to newspapers and citizens to get them involved </li></ul><ul><li>They provide members of their interest group with information about issues affecting them or about who supports them in Congress </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why do Interest Groups form P.A.Cs <ul><li>To help candidates win elections </li></ul><ul><li>Collect money for campaigns from members and others </li></ul><ul><li>PACs can only give 5,000 dollars to each candidate </li></ul><ul><li>But it can run it’s own campaign for a candidate and spend as much as it wants </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does Special Interest Help the Government <ul><li>Some people believe they are harmful, because of the pressure they can bring on Congress </li></ul><ul><li>They fear the possibility of corruption </li></ul><ul><li>Others believe they are good and can help bring Congress’s attention to important issues </li></ul><ul><li>They view special interest as a source of special information </li></ul>

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