interest group

noun

Definition of interest group 

: a group of persons having a common identifying interest that often provides a basis for action

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agricultural interest groups are adamantly opposed to the bill

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Putting a measure on the ballot — a process intended to give ordinary Californians more of a say in the laws that govern them — has become prohibitively expensive for people without personal wealth or interest group backing. Sophia Bollag, The Seattle Times, "Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle," 2 July 2018 Putting a measure on the ballot — a process intended to give ordinary Californians more of a say in the laws that govern them — has become prohibitively expensive for people without personal wealth or interest group backing. Washington Post, "Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle," 2 July 2018 Hollywood celebrities were once deployed by advertising companies to make smoking seem cool; today, they are deployed by liberal interest groups to make progressive politics seem like the only solution to black people’s problems. Jason Whitlock, WSJ, "Kanye Had One of the Best Tweets of All Time," 7 May 2018 Former state senator and San Francisco mayoral candidate Mark Leno sought to distance himself Monday from a new online ad supporting his campaign that was paid for by outside interest groups. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Despite ad help from outside group, Leno sticks to campaign finance pledge," 30 Apr. 2018 Other lawyers for the plaintiffs included public interest groups Just City and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, and a prominent national law firm, Baker Donelson. New York Times, "Being Poor Can Mean Losing a Driver’s License. Not Anymore in Tennessee.," 4 July 2018 The wolf population in Germany has been the subject of national debate, with politicians and interest groups split over how to best manage their increasing numbers. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Wolf fatally shot, tied to weight and dumped in lake," 12 July 2018 The Bork hearings set in motion a series of forces that polarized the Supreme Court confirmation process and the country, mobilizing an army of judicial interest groups on both sides. Jeffrey Rosen, WSJ, "What We Learn from Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 13 July 2018 The political gamble is that the broad public appeal of dividends will overwhelm the power of interest groups, but that is almost entirely a matter of faith, not evidence. David Roberts, Vox, "Big oil and Bush-era lobbyists are teaming up to support a carbon tax," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

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interest group

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interest group

: a group of people who try to influence politics or the policies of government, business, etc., in a way that helps their own interests

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