Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Special Interest Lobbying

Special Interest Lobbying

Stephanie Vance discussed the potential boons and drawbacks of having special interest lobby groups in Washington, D.C. Focus was given to how the lobby groups benefit the political process, rather than detract from it. ** This clip is part of C-SPAN Classroom's FREE resources for teachers and students. Visit www.c-spanclassroom.org for more info. **

Description

Stephanie Vance discussed the potential boons and drawbacks of having special interest lobby groups in Washington, D.C. Focus was given to how the lobby groups can benefit the political process, as well as reasons for their negative perception.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How does Stephanie Vance describe lobbying?
  • Describe the public perception of lobbying. Why did it get this perception?
  • According to Stephanie Vance, how are special interest groups misunderstood?
  • What effect did the Jack Abramoff scandal have on lobbyists?

Participants

Vocabulary

  • Jack Abramoff
  • Lobbyist
  • Nefarious
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Widget

Topics

AP U.S. Government Key TermsCampaigns & ElectionsInterest Groups & Lobbying

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity