Power and Impact of Pressure groups


Powers of Pressure Groups 

  • Do have power over environmental protection through electioneering, the dirty dozen in 2016 by the league of conservation voters 
  • However sometimes have little power, only 3 out of 12 of the dirty dozen failed to get re elected 
  • Pressure groups also have power of funding, NRA contributing to the majority of Republican funds, blocking 2013 attempts at reform 
  • However sometimes funding is not everything, Trump winning in 2016 despite being the fifth most funded 
  • Pressure groups also have power of supreme court decisions, Amicus Cabae breifings in cases such as Roe v Wade in 1973 
  • However they cannot influence the ultimate decision of the court, court allowing states to regulate abortion despite pro life lobbies campaigning against it 


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