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POL 100: United States Government

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Interest Group Definition

An interest group (also called an advocacy group, lobbying group, pressure group, or special interest) is a group, however loosely or tightly organized, that is determined to encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected.

Interest Groups

American Civil Liberties Union
Homepage of the ACLU 

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizatons (AFL-CIO)
Homepage of the AFL-CIO, a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee
America's leading pro-Israel lobby. 

Americans for Democratic Action
An "organization committed to liberal politics, liberal policies, and a liberal future." 

American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)
Homepage of the AARP.

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
A group dedicated to preserving the separation of church and state and religious freedom. 

Amnesty International USA
The U.S. page for the international human rights organization. 

The Christian Coalition
One of the largest conservative grassroots political organizations in America.

Common Cause
A nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization for citizens to be heard in the political process. 

The Concord Coalition
Non-partisan, grassroots organization interested in federal budget deficits and how to build a sound foundation for economic growth. 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
The official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
An organization dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate

Families USA
National nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Family Research Council
A grassroots organization interested in faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion. 

The Federalist Society
A group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.

The Feminist Majority
An organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

Greenpeace USA
The well-known pro-environmental group. 

Human Rights Campaign
The largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. 

The Interfaith Alliance
An organization for the integrity of both religion and democracy in America.  

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL)
Dedicated to protecting a woman's right to choose. 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization

National Committee for an Effective Congress
Supports progressive candidates who fight for freedom of choice, separation of church and state, gun control, equal rights, and environmental protection.

National Organization for Women
The largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

National Republican Congressional Committee
An organization working to increase Republican representation in the House. 

National Republican Senatorial Committee
Dedicated to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate.

National Rifle Association (NRA)
America's foremost defender of the right to bear arms. 

National Right to Life Committee
Pro-life interest group. 

People for the American Way
An interest group supporting equality for all. 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Dedicated to protecting animal rights. 

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Promotes a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being.

The Sierra Club
Works to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
Fights for veretans' rights.