Chapter 09 - Interest Groups and Lobbying
Who determines what laws get passed? Well, it's the people, obviously. But who exactly influences the passing of laws? There are numerous interest groups who try to get certain agendas passed. There are environmental groups, pro-gun groups, anti-gun groups, groups who promote education, groups who promote restrictions on video games, and literally thousands of others. The people they hire to influence lawmakers to pass (or not pass) laws are known as lobbyists. This chapter's going to examine the role of interest groups and lobbyists in the lawmaking process and how influential they are. We'll also take a look at how people and interest groups contribute money to political campaigns, which, as you'll see, is an astonishing amount of dough!

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Business/Labor/Professional Interest Groups:

Business Roundtable
National Association of Manufacturers
National Federation of Independent Business
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
American Federation of Labor
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Workers
Service Employees International Union
Teamsters Union
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Medical Association
National Association of Realtors
National Education Association

Environmental Interest Groups

National Wildlife Federation
Nature Conservancy
Sierra Club
Environmental Defense Fund

Social/Public Interest Groups

American Civil Liberties Union
American Association for Retired Persons
American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Children's Literacy and Reading Special Interest Group
Common Cause
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Family Research Council
Human Rights Campaign
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Organization for Women
National Rifle Association
National Right to Life Committee
Planned Parenthood
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Public Citizen
Veterans of Foreign Wars