Pathways of Interest Group Influence

Which of the following is true of spending in politics?

  1. The Supreme Court has yet to address the issue of money in politics.
  2. The Supreme Court has restricted spending on politics.
  3. The Supreme Court has opposed restrictions on spending on politics.
  4. The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend unlimited amounts of money but unions may not.

What is a difference between a PAC and a super PAC?

  1. PACs can contribute directly to candidates, but super PACs cannot.
  2. Conservative interests favor PACs over super PACs.
  3. Contributions to PACs are unlimited, but restrictions have been placed on how much money can be contributed to super PACs.
  4. Super PACS are much more likely to support incumbent candidates than are PACs.



How do interest groups lobby the judicial branch?

How do interest groups and their lobbyists decide which lawmakers to lobby? And where do they do so?


Interest groups and lobbyists often attempt to gain access by first supporting candidates when they run for office. Since incumbents have an advantage, lobbyists often contribute to them. Second, once legislative members are in office, interest groups and their lobbyists try to encourage them to sponsor legislation the groups wants. They may target sympathetic lawmakers, legislative leaders, and members of important committees.