What is the primary function of a political action committee?
To raise and distribute money to election campaigns
A grassroots lobbying campaign occurs?
When an interest group mobilizes its members
and their families throughout the country to write their representatives in support of
the group's position
The increased number and importance of interest groups?
Is a response to an increase
in the size and activity of government
When interest groups take out advertisements and hold marches, these are examples of?
Mobilizing public opinion
The best description of the ideal of pluralism is that?
interests should be free to compete with each other for governmental influence
Members of interest groups in the United States are typically people?
with higher levels of income and education
In recent years, the religious right has had a great effect on American politics through?
What contemporary political scientists call an interest group, James Madison called a(n)?
What is the most important and beneficial resource that lobbyists provide government officials?
Which of the following is a main theoretical assumption of pluralism?
Competition among interests will produce moderation, with a all interests regulating each other
Interest groups are concerned with the ___of government, while political parties are concerned with the ___of government?
An attempt by an individual or group to influence the passage of legislation by exerting direct pressure on members of Congress or a state legislature
A benefit that is sought by an interest group and that once achieved cannot be denied to nonmembers is called a?
If one enjoys the benefits of a group's collective efforts but did not contribute to those efforts, one is called a?
An iron triangle is made up of an alliance between?
A legislative committee, an interest group and an executive agency
Oversight can best be described as?
The efforts of Congress to supervise the manner in which its laws are implemented by the executive branch
The vice president also serves as Speaker of the House of Representatives and breaks the votes?
The frequency with which they must seek re-election makes members of the House?
More responsive to the needs of local interest groups in the districts they represent
Congressional leaders charged with lining up party members on important votes are known as sergeants-at-arms?
Congress may overturn a presidential veto with a two-thirds vote by each house?
Deals with specific projects and their location within a particular congressional district
A senator or representative running for re-election is called the?
Congress is a __legislature with ___members?
A filibuster is a parliamentary device found in the Senate but not the House?
A filibuster allows members of the Senate to?
Prevent a vote on a bill by speaking continuously on the floor
In recent years, approximately what percentage of House members seeking re-election won their race?
Oversight is an important legislative check on the executive branch?
Which idea of representation says that legislator should be viewed as someone whom voters hire to represent their interests?
The number of seats in Congress changes as the population of the United States changes?
The jurisdiction of standing committees?
Is defined by the subject matter of legislation, which often parallels the major cabinet departments or agencies