Kris Seago
Government/Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Academic Lower Division
Austin Community College
ACC Liberal Arts, ACC OER
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Introduction: Interest Groups and Lobbying in Texas


Introduction: Interest Groups and Lobbying in Texas

Chapter Learning Objective

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the role played by interest groups in Texas

Introduction: Lobbyists are Important for Democracy

"Say you’re passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. You can try to be a lone voice in the wilderness, but chances are there’s a lobbying organization that can bolster your argument with research and facts, and the ability to get that info to people who make the decisions.

Critics like to slam lobbyists as stand-ins for special interests. That’s the funny thing about special interests. They’re easily dismissed as “special,” until they’re yours. Lobbyists represent all points of view on issues confronting the country: environment, labor, the elderly, veterans, but also privacy advocates, pet owners, and even online poker players. That’s the great thing about America.

Everyone has a voice, and lobbyists are an eective way to get those voices heard."

Source: Brian Pallasch, former president of the American League of Lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Lobbyists are important for democracy [PODCAST]. February 13, 2008. American Public Media: Marketplace.