Political Interest Groups

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The goal of this paper is to demonstrate how political parties and interest groups are able to get citizens to participate in politics and political party participants or interest group members. This is a comparison and contrast paper. The following will be a comparison between political parties and interest groups. Three points will be mentioned. The first point will be the purpose, the role and three strategies parties and interest groups use to get people to participate.

Definition of political party: a group of dedicated people who come together to win elections, operate the government, and determine public policy.

Point 1
The purpose of political parties: political parties serve several key purposes, including selecting
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Using advertisements such as other parties

Holding a political rally to gain support from the people

Using social media to gain connections

Recruiting candidates for public office.
Political parties of the united states do a variety of things. There are five main functions that political parties have. Recruiting candidates for public office are one of the most important functions that political parties have. An important goal of political parties is to gain control of the government and to do this parties must work to recruit candidates for all elected offices. For example, if a state had an opening for governor each political party would try and find a person they can support to run for that position.

Organizing and running elections
Political parties also actively try to gather volunteers to help register voters as well as organize and run the election.

Definition of interest group: An organized group of individuals sharing common objectives who actively attempt to influence
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Unlike political parties, they generally form around specific issues. Their ability to raise funds and affect voters makes them potentially powerful entities. Interest groups form to advocate for particular laws, regulations and policies. One of the powerful interest groups in the United States is the National Rifle Association, which advocates for gun rights. Articles influence their members and ratings it releases and politicians risk losing a significant voting bloc if the NRA endorses a competing politician. The NRA is also able to raise a considerable amount of funds.

Point 2
The role of interest groups: the positive roles of interest groups in America are that they bring awareness of problems to lawmakers. Political parties are more broadly based. Therefore fewer interests are actually looked over, so with the interest groups topics get noticed more. They educate political people. Special interest groups rarely have any good value to them. The fact that they look out only after their special little niche keeps from being an overall good force.

Point 3
Choose three strategies/techniques of interest groups used to serve as channels for popular

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