Interest Groups


What is an interest group?

--An interest group is a private organization that tries to influence public policy.

Can I belong to more than one interest group?

--Yes! People who belong to one interest group often belong to more than one interest group.

What are some examples of interest groups?

--Interest groups have a wide variety. You could be part of the Building Trade Union or the Gun Control interest group.

Can I fund an interest group?

--Yes. Individuals can give as much money as they can. Some individuals give millions of dollars.

Are interest groups free from political parties?

--Interest groups will sometimes affiliate themselves with a certain political party based on what issues they are standing for. Some groups will give money to a certain person or party to make sure their issues are discussed or supported.