Is Goverment Dominated by Business

             Special interest groups have dominated government since the advent of
             America's political system. Special interest groups or lobbies are collections
             of individuals who join together to pursue common interests and to influence
             the decisions on public policies. Many people view special interest groups as
             an integral part of the political process, legitimized by the first amendment
             of the Constitution. In that way, special interest groups are good. The point
             that disgusts many people is that more often then not money overpowers the
             right decision; that is why Big Business is a problem. The richer the
             companies and organizations, the better chance they have to persuade the
             In the United States alone there are thousands of special interest
             groups working for their own cause. Some of the causes they are working for
             are: business, banking, labor, environment, women, seniors, the economy, and
             farming just to name a few. Some groups or businesses which partake in
             lobbying are: N.O.W., Green Peace, AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Sierra Club, N.R.A.,
             Tobacco industry and the ACLU. These groups often work at the national, state,
             and local levels attempting to influence government policy. Many groups have
             permanent offices in Washington DC. The primary goals of these groups are the
             passing, blocking, or amending legislation to achieve a favorable ruling for
             their own benefit. In Washington the groups primary targets are the House and
             Senate sub-committees which are the key places where legislation is considered.
             The groups often speak in front of Committee hearings to put their views on the
             One of the most well known special interest group is the National Rifle
             Association. This group has done tireless work in Washington trying to stop Gun
             Control bills from passing in Congress. The worst blow that happened to the
             NRA was the passing of the Brady Bill and the Assault Rifle Ban. The NRA

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