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POL1 300: Public Policymaking in American Politics

Interest Groups

Tips on Identifying Interest Groups

  • Experts representing various interest groups often testify before Congress: Search databases from this guide for your topic, limit to Document Type: Hearings, and scan the text of the hearings for what groups are represented. Or search [your topic] + hearing in the library catalog.
  • Scrutinize news coverage carefully to find quotes from a spokesperson for an interest group or lobbyist
  • CQ Researcher often describes proponents and opponents on an issue - research these organizations