Notes, 1:00 p.m., Spring 2001, February 21, 2001

 

INTEREST GROUPS

 

Groups that want to exercise their influence over certain branches of the government are called interest groups or pressure groups.  Their purpose is to seek influence what the government does and does not do so that members of the groups will benefit.

 

EMILY List is an example of an interest group.  The word EMILY is the abbreviation for Early Money Is Like Yeast  (it makes the dough, or money, rise).    It is an organization that raises money for female candidates early in their campaigns.

 

Other Examples of Interest Groups

 

AFL-CIO is the abbreviation for American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization.  The AFL-CIO represents the interests of labor organizations.

 

NAACP is the abbreviation for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  The NAACP represents the interests of African-Americans.