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A group of individuals concerned with a specific issue or agenda. Interest groups seek to influence legislators to either adopt or favor their particular cause. Interest groups may go by a number of different names, including lobby group (perhaps the second most common term for them), advocacy group, pressure group, or special-interest group. Interest group members may share a variety of disparate political outlooks or personal concerns but are ultimately united by a single issue.

It is difficult to draw specific boundaries regarding the diversity of pressure groups, but most of these organizations can generally be broken into a number of distinct categories. This includes business groups, which can range from large corporations and industries to smaller businesses with enough capital to invest in local or ...

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