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interest group

n.
A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an industry or an item of legislation.

in′terest group`


n.
a group of people drawn or acting together because of a common interest, concern, or purpose.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aimsinterest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
social group - people sharing some social relation
special interest - an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
vested interest - groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
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Global Banking News-June 16, 2015--Barclays chair to head lobbying group
30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breaking news that Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group has had to retract claims it made about some gun dealers in Vermont should have the nation questioning everything else the group has said, including claims made to influence a Washington initiative campaign last year and a current effort in Nevada, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
SIR - The decision by the Welsh Environment Minister to vaccinate badgers rather than to cull them is a rare example of policy being guided by science rather than by the chase for votes and contributions from some powerful lobbying group.
When you have a strong lobbying group, you have that much more muscle to negotiate with airlines and hotel representatives all over the place," he said.
The argument between them heated up earlier this year when the American Insurance Association released its national catastrophe plan, which another lobbying group dismissed as "a ear without seatbelts or airbags," according to reports.
Electing Phil Angelides is Equality California PAC's top priority," says Geoffrey Kors, executive director of the state's gay rights lobbying group Equality California.
Buttars' campaign to force ID into public schools was backed by the Utah Eagle Forum, an affiliate of Phyllis Schlafly's national Religious Right lobbying group.
4 billion gallons of the fuel, mostly from corn, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), an ethanol lobbying group.
The board sees the NCW as a significant lobbying group.
Ellen Bravo, director of Milwaukee-based 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, a national lobbying group, said employers already have the option to give workers paid time off.
Thanks to a statewide buying process and the political pressure of a conservative lobbying group, the content decisions of textbook publishers have been influenced by the power of the Texas dollar.
The council to date has been more of a communication forum, rather than a lobbying group or a trade association.