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P.A.C’s and Special Interest Groups Objective: Analyze the role that special interest plays in the nation’s agenda
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 ...
Defining Interest Groups <ul><li>Interest groups try to influence government officials to support their cause or policies ...
Purpose of Interest Groups <ul><li>Interest groups are organizations that people form in order to change or make laws that...
Other Interest Groups <ul><li>Professional Associations- try to influence the licensing and training of their fellow profe...
How do They Influence Government <ul><li>Interest groups hire people to influence Congress to vote their way </li></ul><ul...
How do They Influence Government <ul><li>Lobbyist’s help Congress by drafting bills </li></ul><ul><li>They use media to ge...
Why do Interest Groups form P.A.Cs <ul><li>To help candidates win elections </li></ul><ul><li>Collect money for campaigns ...
Types of PACs <ul><li>Affiliated PACs- are tied to corporations, labor unions, trade groups, or health organizations </li>...
Does Special Interest Help the Government <ul><li>Some people believe they are harmful, because of the pressure they can b...
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18 Special Interest

  1. 1. P.A.C’s and Special 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. Defining Interest Groups <ul><li>Interest groups try to influence government officials to support their cause or policies </li></ul><ul><li>Most interest groups are organized on the basis of common values, ideas, or visions </li></ul><ul><li>Political power is achieved through strength in numbers </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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>
  5. 5. Other Interest Groups <ul><li>Professional Associations- try to influence the licensing and training of their fellow professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Interest Groups- The concerned for ecology and the environmental has led to the formation of about 3,000 groups </li></ul><ul><li>Interest Groups in Government- Some people inside the government form interest groups such as National Governors’ Association </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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>
  7. 7. How do They Influence Government <ul><li>Lobbyist’s help Congress by drafting bills </li></ul><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>
  8. 8. 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>
  9. 9. Types of PACs <ul><li>Affiliated PACs- are tied to corporations, labor unions, trade groups, or health organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Affiliated PACs make up 70% of all PACs </li></ul><ul><li>Non-connected PACs- are special PACs not connected to a existing interest group </li></ul><ul><li>Independent PACs make up about 25% of all PACs </li></ul>
  10. 10. 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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