interest group

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interest group

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

a group of people drawn or acting together because of a common interest, concern, or purpose.
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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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Everyone of us is a member of one special-interest group or another--more than one, depending on our socioeconomic status, our age, our profession, our hobbies, our relationships, our ethnicity, our religious beliefs or lack thereof, our health care status and on and on.
The First Amendment smiles on public schooling that favors no one special-interest group; it encourages a shared culture of learning, not one that makes our children walking experiments in political chicanery.
In Victoria, Attorney-General Geoff Plant told The National Post newspaper, "I think the leadership of the Anglican Church is as much a special-interest group as any other group like that in British Columbia." (More information on the referendum is available at
And when a special-interest group of whatever stripe can rearrange reality at will, that's truly dangerous.
* By 2016, every person on Earth will be required, by age 14, to register as an individual special-interest group, on the theory that no two people can have the same common interests, This registration, which merely formalizes widespread practice, also will require registrants to list potential intent-of-affiliation agreements with other special-interest groups who might, from time to time, create strategic alliances.
And it is now common for a special-interest group to get a far better return on its investment in the parasite economy than in attempting to improve its productivity in the real economy.
And, unlike a trade association, we're not a special-interest group because we have members from many different kinds of companies.
Are women a special-interest group? They happen to be a majority of the American people.
Thus, planners inject their own personal preferences, once again opening the door to manipulation by special-interest groups.
You can also get details on our very popular special-interest groups, such as ROM Explorers' Club for kids and ROM Friends, a variety of special affiliate groups within Museum membership.
The widening division of the political parties will continue because they need to achieve 50% + 1 vote to deliver on promises to their special-interest groups, and need to continue to find new single-issue voting coalition members that do not object to the other existing special interests within the party.
What began as a good pro-consumer-rights bill in Ohio, Senate Bill 117, was so transformed by special-interest groups that consumers, the original sponsors of the bill, and even the state attorney general now fear that it will cause great harm to consumers.

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