interest group


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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Later this week, a three-judge panel will hear legal requests from Cooper and from interest groups that sued to get four questions off the ballots. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "5 ex-North Carolina governors rebuke lawmakers on amendments," 13 Aug. 2018 An Ohio voter and two interest groups said the procedure violates the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, more commonly known as the Motor Voter law. Greg Stohr,, "U.S. Supreme Court Backs States’ Voter-Purge Efforts," 11 June 2018 Builders may face delays in getting government permits, finding contractors and workers amid the hot demand or parrying special-interest groups that oppose construction. Natalie Wong,, "That Gorgeous Toronto Condo You Signed Up For? They Just Scrapped It," 19 Apr. 2018 The start of Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure on the Supreme Court may look like a victory for one interest group or another. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Someone Bought to Help Sexual Assault Survivors," 10 Oct. 2018 On March 24, at Greitens’ direction, Proctor set up a system to organize campaign contacts including donors, volunteers, staff, advisors, endorsements, interest groups, and other supporters. kansascity, "Read 2nd report from Missouri House committee investigating Greitens | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 Democrats are rolling in cash as liberal interest groups, unions and rich liberals are fired up, while business lobbies hedge their bets in case Nancy Pelosi is the next Speaker. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats for Big Money," 15 Oct. 2018 The White House is embarking on an intensive sales campaign that has already enlisted more than 1,000 interest groups, including farmers and religious organizations, to build support for Judge Kavanaugh. New York Times, "Senate Democrats Come Out Swinging in Long-Shot Fight to Block Kavanaugh," 10 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. Sophia Bollag, The Seattle Times, "Special interests use California ballot to flex muscle," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of interest group

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interest group was in 1908

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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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