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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Different interest groups, each with their obsessive attachment to a particular tradition associated with the Alamo, take turns stepping forward to raise a ruckus. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Alamo Plaza redesign effort confronts stubborn fear of change," 30 June 2018 Spokesmen for the two interest groups called the reforms a good first step but want to see more stringent protections. Ron Hurtibise,, "Will new federal rules slow PACE of energy-efficiency storm-hardening home upgrade program?," 13 June 2018 That’s the premise of one of our favorite films from Telluride Mountainfilm, Dark Money, which traces financial corruption in a Montana election to show how interest groups steer politics and make candidates beholden to the groups that pay them. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 Nancy Kitz, who represents a public interest group that monitors local government, pointed out that the city originally estimated that half of its shelter residents would transition into housing. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Here's the profile of 100 homeless people who moved from Sacramento streets to housing," 17 June 2018 The sudden appearance and proliferation of litmus tests in the party platforms reflects the prominence of interest groups and issue enthusiasts in the parties after the nominating reforms of the 1970s. Charles Cameron, Vox, "The litmus test for a Supreme Court nominee," 5 July 2018 Appointed last June by Mayor Levar Stoney, the 10-member Monument Avenue Commission held public meetings, met with small interest groups and gathered thousands of emails from residents in putting together its recommendations. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump's trade war is getting very real," 3 July 2018 Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity. Caren Bohan, USA TODAY, "Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 Both candidates vowed to not accept money from gun manufacturers and interest groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA). Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cathy Myers, Randy Bryce face off in first Democratic primary debate in bid for Paul Ryan's seat," 8 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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