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The Major Similarities Between Inside and Outside Lobbying

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usually one-sided and are not reluctant to demonstrate it. The major television owners do not seem to be partisan, yet their news coverage is inclined to a particular party. Thus, it is not easy to have a communication.

Role of Special Interest Groups in American Politics

In the US politics, special interest groups possess a lot of power and operate as “Fourth Branch” or extra-constitutional part of the government, with no scrutiny that like other divisions. Most laws are developed and written by non-elected leaders of these groups, though they remain little known to the public (Peterson, 2013). America has two primary interests lobby groups which are the citizen’s group and the economic groups, which are organized for commercial purposes.

The groups typically participate in political activities to seek favorable laws from the state. The organizations should be allowed to operate the way they are provided they serve as the link between the people and the state. If they their operations are blocked, people will have no one to lobby for better living standards and favorable policies (Peterson, 2006). Besides, there will be no one to monitor various government projects and assess if their impact reaches the citizens. Without interest groups, people may end up electing political leaders who may destroy the economy and make them suffer (Thomas, & Hrebenar, 2004). However, some interest groups collect money from politicians and business corporations, which make them biased and protective of these elements even when they engage in corruption (Peterson, 2013. Besides, they often turn a blind eye to oppressive activities by allied politicians. Thus, it is important for policy makers to make laws that regulate the operations of these organizations.


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