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    How Interest Groups Work

    This lesson looks at various examples of representatives from special interest groups explaining their…

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    Rep. Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. McBath (D-GA) on Warnings and Red Flags Laws

    House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) discussed red flag…

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    The Structure of the National Rifle Association

    Former Republican congressman and current NRA board member Bob Barr described the structure of the…

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    NRA Board Member Bob Barr on Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

    Former Republican congressman and current National Rifle Association board member Bob Barr talked about…

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    The Brady Organization and Proposals to Prevent Gun Violence

    Brady president Kris Brown talked about legislative proposals to prevent gun violence. She spoke about…

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    Carry Nation and the Temperance Movement

    Charlotte Waisman told the story of Carry Nation, who elevated the temperance movement with her campaign…

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    Lobbying and Former Members of Congress

    Open Secrets' Karl Evers-Hillstrom discussed his new report on former members of Congress who end up…

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    Tax Dollars and Fortune 100 Companies

    OpenTheBooks.com founder Adam Andrzejewski talked about his group's report, which found several Fortune…

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    School Lunches and the Dairy Industry

    Bloomberg News investigative journalist Peter Robison discussed his recent article on changes to school…

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    Assembly and Petition in and Around Federal Government Workplaces

    "Congress shall make no law...abridging...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition…

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    The Impact of Citizens United v. FEC

    In 2010, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission…

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    Political Participation

    Political Participation refers to the efforts of individual citizens to directly or indirectly impact…

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    Project-Based Learning: Elections Simulation

    This project promotes student inquiry through a simulation of the election process designed to be…

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    Super PAC Spending in the 2018 Midterm Elections

    CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley discussed the amount of spending by big money groups during…

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    Different Types of Political Action Committees (PACs)

    CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley discussed the differences between various types of PACs and…

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    What is Dark Money?

    Issue One’s Michael Beckel talked about the findings of the group’s year-long investigation into…

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    Ballot Measures and Direct Democracy

    The Hill National Correspondent Reid Wilson discusses ballot measures and ways that voters can…

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    The Taft-Hartley Act and Right-to-Work Laws

    In the first clip, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Mark Mix talked…

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    Stock Trading Rules for Members of Congress

    Bill Allison talked about rules for members of Congress on stock holdings and trading.

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    Leadership PACs

    Issue One’s Meredith McGehee talked about leadership Political Action Committees (PACs) which allow…

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    The Role of the Federal Election Commission

    Dave Levinthal, reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the Federal Election Commission…

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    Great Debates in the US Congress

    In this lesson, students will work in groups in the jigsaw format to research moments where vigorous…

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    Campaign Finance Laws and Enforcement

    Dave Levinthal, Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the origin of the Federal…

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    The Impact of Citizens United v. FEC

    Christian Berg, former Deputy General Counsel for Citizens United, and Meredith McGehee, Policy Director…

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    Quid Pro Quo Rules and Campaign Contributions

    Christian Berg, former Deputy General Counsel for Citizens United, and Meredith McGehee, Policy Director…

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    Restrictions on Super PACs and Candidates

    Meredith McGehee, Policy Director at the Campaign Legal Center, and Christian Berg, former Deputy…

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    Tony Mecia on Lobbying During the Trump Administration

    Tony Mecia talked about the increase in lobbyist spending by companies and trade associations during the…

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    Regulating Lobbying in Congress

    James Thurber, Founder and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American…

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    Smear Tactics and Public Opinion

    Journalist Sharyl Attkisson talked about how smear tactics are used to influence public opinion.

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    History of the NRA & Gun Legislation

    Author Adam Winkler describes the creation and development of the NRA from the post-Civil War Era to the…

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    Henry George: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age

    The Gilded Age was a time in which the United States experienced economic growth, great social change…

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    NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Gun Rights

    NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre talked about gun rights on “Face the Nation.” Earlier in the week, more than…

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    Election Laws dealing with Interactions with Foreign Governments

    Lawrence Noble explains the pertinence of election laws to campaign interactions with foreign nationals…

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    Whitewater Investigation: Judge Ken Starr

    Judge Starr spoke about the Whitewater investigation which he conducted beginning in 1994 and the…

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    The History of the Military-Industrial Complex

    Kate Epstein talked about about the history of the relationship between the U.S. military and the…

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    Special Interest Groups and Government Regulation

    Dick Carpenter talked about how special interest groups advocate for government regulations to benefit their businesses, particularly through occupational licenses. (* Please note that this Bell Ringer features two Video Clips)

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    The African-American Liberation Movement

    American History TV presented live coverage from the National Museum of African American History and…

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    What is a Lobbyist?

    Tom Holyoke, author of The Ethical Lobbyist: Reforming Washington’s Influence Industry, uses his…

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    The Influence of Money in Politics

    Former Representative Tim Roemer and former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talked about the…

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    Wasteful Federal Spending Report

    Senator James Lankford (R-OK) gave an overview of the 2016 "Federal Fumbles" report, which details $247…

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    Gun Legislation Debate and Vote

    A look at the four gun control measures debated and voted on in the Senate. All four proposals failed.…

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    Role of Money in Politics Clip

    Nick Penniman talked about the amount of money in the U.S. political process and the influence of this…

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    Lobbying and the Export-Import Bank

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) discusses the Export-Import Bank, corporate welfare, and the influence of…

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    2015 Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered new net neutrality rules, also known as open…

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    Campaign Finance: Mega-Donors & Super PACs

    Kenneth Vogel talked about campaign spending strategies for the 2016 presidential race, focusing on the…

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    Campaign Finance and Citizens United Ruling

    FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman talked about the new rules on political party funding, the future of…

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    Midterm Election Fundraising and Campaign Spending

    Center for Responsive Politics Director Sheila Krumholz talked about campaign spending by the parties,…

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    Congressional Ethics

    Government Affairs Lobbyist Craig Holman discusses the role of the Office of Congressional Ethics in…

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    Student Environmental Leaders Address Congress

    Katelyn McCormick testifies to a House Select Committee about energy independence and other…

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    Pork Barrel Spending

    Line items in the federal budget which support projects in the home districts of individual Members.

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    House Proposals for Lobbying Reform

    How campaign fundraising impacts Americans in their everyday lives.

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    Think Tanks and Corporate Influence

    New York Times Correspondent Eric Lipton on the involvement of think tanks (policy institute, research…

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    Celebrity vs Expert Testimony

    In this lesson, students will examine the role of celebrities and experts testifying in front of…

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    Special Interest Lobbying

    Stephanie Vance discussed the potential boons and drawbacks of having special interest lobby groups in…

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    The Iron Triangle and its Role in Policy Making

    High School teachers Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen explain the iron triangle and its role in policy making.

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    Money in Politics

    Author John Nichols talked about the influence of money in elections and politics.

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    Lobbyists, Who, What, and Why

    In this lesson, students will examine the role of lobbyists in policy making. Specifically, they will a)…

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    Campaign Finance, Free Elections or Free Speech

    In this lesson, students will examine arguments related to campaign finance. Specifically, they will a)…

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    The Iron Triangle

    The iron triangle is a term used by political scientists to describe the policy-making relationship…

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    Citizens United and the 1st Amendment

    Justice Antonin Scalia on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and presidential campaign money.

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    The Role and Regulation of Lobbyists

    American League of Lobbyists president Howard Marlowe and former president David Wenhold talk about the…

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