Interest Groups and Their Activities

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When was the AARP founded?

1958

How many members does the AARP have?

40 million (largest interest group)

What are the goals of the AARP?

To provide benefits and keep members informed of issues that are important to senior citizens

What is an important piece of litigation to the AARP?

Smith Case: age discrimination and employer activities over 18,000 age discrimination complaints made to the EEOC

What campaign contributions does the AARP make?

None. They will endorse or oppose legislation.

What does the AARP do in the areas of Grassroot Lobbying/Mass Mobilization?

$100 million for lobbying. Keeps members informed.

What is the AARP's magazine called?

Modern Maturity

When was the AMA founded?

1873

How many members does the AMA have?

252,000 (32.1% of doctors in America)

What are the goals of the AMA?

To address issues important to physicians such as malpractice suits

What is an important piece of litigation to the AMA?

More recent: physicians are considered supervisors and under NLRB rules they can't unionize. Represented by the Litigation Center of AMA to oppose some litigation of the HMO.

What campaign contributions does the AMA make?

Spent $25 million since 1988. Top ID in contributions by an interest group. Over 60% of contributions go to Republicans.

What is the AMA's magazine called?

JAMA: Journal of American Medical Association

When was the NRA founded?

1871

How many members does the NRA have?

4 million

What are the goals of the NRA?

To protect the right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment

What piece of litigation is important to the NRA?

McDonald vs. Chicago 2010: gun ownership is a fundamental right, it has not been determined what types of arms citizens are entitled to

What campaign contributions does the NRA make?

Political Victory Fund (PVF): $40 million in 2008 allegedly spent to defeat Obama

What does the NRA do in the areas of Grassroot Lobbying/Mass Mobilization?

Extremely effective use of lobbying. Alerts are given on their website.

What is the NRA's magazine called?

American Hunter

When was the NAACP founded?

1909

How many members does the NAACP have?

4000 chapters; approximately 200,000 members

What are the goals of the NAACP?

To fight discrimination primarily through Civil Rights Court Cases.

What is an important piece of litigation to the NAACP?

Brown vs. Board of Education: most important case. Bakke case and Michigan case were issues of affirmative action, can't use hard fast quotas and points for admissions

What campaign contributions does the NAACP make?

Freedom Fund

What does the NAACP do in the areas of Grassroot Lobbying/Mass Mobilization?

Washington Bureau: in 1941 to lobby Congress and the President, black caucus is also used, operation network-grassroots

What is the NAACP's magazine called?

The Crisis

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