Chapter 9, "The Political Process": Section 2, "Interest Groups

interest group

a collection of people who hold similar views and goals

political action committee

an organization created to raise and contribute money legally to the campaigns of political candidates

trade association

a type of business group that represents certain industries or parts of industries

labor unions

organizations of workers who do the same job or work in related industries


to publicly declare support for a candidate


contacting public officials to persuade them to support certain interests

grass roots

the name given to the lowest level of an organization or society