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Government Ch 6
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What are interest groups?
organizations established to influence government policies and programs
What is the difference between political parties and interest groups?
Political parties focus on winning while Interest groups only focus on influencing.
What is the free rider problem?
the problem faced by interest groups when citizens can reap the benefits of interest group action without actually joining, participating in, or contributing money to such groups
What are 3 incentives to join an interest group?
1. Solitary— solitary benefits include companionship, a sense of belonging, and the pleasure of associating with others
2. Material (economic)
What is a lobbyist?
A person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a LOBBY. Lobbyist represent interest groups or faction
What is the revolving door?
Employment cycle in which individuals who work for government agencies regulating interests eventually end up working for interest groups or business with the same policy concern.
What are direct and indirect methods in interest group influence?
Direct: lobbying and providing election support
Indirect: shaping public opinion, issue ads and "527s", mobilising constituents, going to court, demonstration techniques
What is the influence of money on state campaigns?
What campaign contribution restrictions are there on state campaigns?
parties are allowed to make small contributions to House (up to $5,000) and Senate (up to $45,500) campaigns, yet more substantial in their coordinated spending for TV ad's, polling, etc.
How can campaign contributions be used by political candidates and elected officials?
What are the options for elected officials when using campaign contributions?
What are the campaign contributions restrictions in Texas elections?
What is the significance of money in Texas elections?
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