Lobbying in the United States describes paid activity in which special interests
hire ... Lobbying can have an important influence on the political system; for
example, .... interest groups spend "...
We also track how much interest groups have been spending on lobbying, ... big
bucks to lobby members of Congress and government officials on the issues their
... PACs can also spend money independently on political activities, including ...
Sep 4, 2014 ... The notion of a government “by the people, for the people” is one of ... previous
research puts lobbying expenditures at the federal level at ... For instance, in
2012, organized interest groups spent $3.5 billion ... Determining and quantifying
the impact of lobbying on policy outcomes can be challenging given ...
May 2, 2014 ... Not only do people spend more time and money trying to get a bigger ... of
lobbying or campaign contributions and government favors. .... and business-
oriented interest groups exert a large influence over U.S. public policy.
But in all real societies, special interest groups play an important role in the
process that .... When governments do not cooperate, as arguably was the case
in the early postwar ... ones influenced somewhat by the parties' campaign
Interest groups employ both direct and indirect lobbying in order to achieve their
goals. ... direct connections instead of spending efforts on influencing public
opinion ... Interest groups can theoretically influence all branches of government.
Apr 20, 2015 ... Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying ... To the
extent that businesses did lobby in the 1950s and 1960s (typically ... today have
as little influence in government as the American businessman, the ... binge in
the 1960s—spurred on by a new wave of public-interest groups.
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independent expenditures issue ads ... Interest groups use amicus briefs to
inform the Court in hopes of influencing the acceptance of cases, Court ...
influence: • Media can act as a gatekeeper of information or a watchdog of
interest group behavior.
Affluent special interests have too much power in our political system and the
public ... have a disproportionate and unfair influence over what the government
does. .... the longstanding ban on corporations spending directly on political
campaigns. ... In the last thirty years, more and more groups have established
Apr 12, 2014 ... New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing
public policy. ... When organized interest groups or economic elites want a
particular policy passed, there's a strongly likelihood their wishes will come true.
... was the across-the-board, automatic spending cuts of sequestration, ....