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to attempt to influence governmental decisions, especially legislation, or a group organized for this purpose.
 
To join mass-membership organizations, one must offer (something of value they cannot get without joining
 
Sense of pleasure, status, or companionship that arises out of meeting together in small groups.
 
money, things, or services readily valued in monetary terms.
 
recruited over 30 mil members by supplying them with low cost life insurance, mail-order discount drugs, tax advice, and group travel plans. Has an annual budget of over $200 milli
 
Appeal of stated goals to recruit members.
 
Organizations that attract members by appealing to their interest in a coherent set of usually controversial principles
 
A organization whose purpose is to benefit nonmembers
 
Became a popular figure in the 60s after he won a case against General Motors. Some of the best known liberal public interest groups are founded by him.
 
widely shared demand for change in some aspect of the social or political order.
 
The group whose mission is to 'defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
 
Founded in 1971, it is a national advocacy organization that promotes public policies to help women obtain affordable, quality health care for themselves and their families
 
It is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States. Its mission is 'to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of
 
A nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest law firm with a history of advocating for individual liberty, limited and efficient government, free enterprise, sound science in the court
 
A non-profit public interest law firm in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm is 'dedicated to the defense of individual liberties against the increasingly aggres
 
A proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. It was originally written by Alice Paul. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress, but failed to gain ratification
 
A group which obtains grants from foundations and government agencies, concentrating its efforts on bringing lawsuits aimed at enforcing the legal rights of women in higher educati
 
A signal telling the official what values are at stake in an issue, and who is for or against the issue.
 
Made by interest groups of legislatures, sometimes helpful sources of information but sometimes biased.
 
advertisements sent directly to prospective members through the mail
 
the largest feminist organization in the United States . It was founded in 1966 and has a membership of 500,000
 
the oldest and largest environmental organization in the United States
 
congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period
 
Close workings with a few key members of Congress; private meetings for information exchange; sometimes traded favors
 
an organization of employees formed to bargain with employers
 
the movement aimed at equal rights for women; particularly with suffrage
 
a term that includes the conservation and green movements, is a diverse scientific, social, and political movement for addressing environmental issues.
 
these are not membership groups (hence, they are termed interests as opposed to interest groups) but private organizations such as businesses or public entities such as government
 
Stating a position on a specific legislative proposal to the public, then asking the public to urge their legislator to support that stated position.
 
Possible because of growing government and media; link various citizens from far stretches of US with similar interests; more commonly used now
 

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