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Finance & Influence

Spending Contracts

Tips on Identifying Interest Groups

  • Experts representing various interest groups often testify before Congress. Search [your topic] + hearing in the Library Catalog or in ProQuest Congressional.
  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations offers information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. 

Think Tanks

Searching for a think tank or non-governmental organization (NGO) on a specific topic? Check out this custom think tank search, created by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.