Discuss whether interest groups magnify the power of individuals to influence government and public policy or if they are used as a tool to exclude “regular people” in favor of wealthy elites

Reflect on interest groups and democracy. Discuss whether interest groups magnify the power of individuals to influence government and public policy or if they are used as a tool to exclude “regular people” in favor of wealthy elites. Also discuss whether changing the present election system so that it runs on limited public financing, via tax dollars, instead of contributions from interest groups and wealthy donors, would make the system more democratic and open.

In responding to your classmates, discuss if such a policy violates the free speech rights of interest groups and their members.

For your response posts (2), you must do the following: 

  •   Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread.
     
  •   In Module One, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
     
  •   In Modules Two through Eight, complete the two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.
     
  •   Demonstrate more depth and thought than simply stating that “I agree” or “You are wrong.” Guidance is provided for you in each discussion prompt. 

classmates Post #1:  

Interest Groups can be considered the Fans, of the two major parties in politics. When looking for a team to root for. Here enters the Interest groups working from the bottom-up helping to educate voters, raise money, and increase awareness. In fact, the political parties of countries with multiparty systems look a lot like the interest groups of the United States. These groups make large donations of time, and resources to the parties. They try to influence the direction and decision making of parties. They try to recruit the best players to run as candidates under party banners. Nonetheless, they are not the parties, and they must rely on parties and candidates to win the game. (Evans & Michaud, 2019) I believe that there are groups of (regular) people that are not always spoken for, yet there are Interest groups focused on some of those groups like the N.A.A.C.P. 

I don’t think changing the Election system to public financing will make it more democratic. Interest groups have been particularly useful to campaigns through their financial sponsorship of political advertising. On television, radio, and the internet, interest groups broadcast the virtues of some candidates and lambast the faults of others. (Evans & Michaud, 2019) I believe we need that funding to learn about all the candidates and what they stand for. I am one of those people that does not follow politics, and every person running in every election. I will not lie, some of those ads have helped me with past voting decisions.

Resources:

Evans, J., & Michaud, K. (2019). Central ideas in American government (9th ed.). Asheville, NC: Soomo Learning. Available from http://www.webtexts.com

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