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    Research Proposal: Lobbyists And Presidential Elections

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    6 pages in length. Being that "most of the interest groups on aging came into being or became politically involved after most of the major aging-related programs were already in place" (Hudson, 1999, p. 155), it can by hypothesized that had it not been for the efforts of AARP, a multitude of new policy and legislation aimed at benefiting senior citizens would have never been passed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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    the detrimental influence of political machines, some of these SIGs have actually benefited society by influencing much-needed social change. SIGs, a major part of contemporary society that play an  integral role in the policy process, are organizations of people who share the same interest and attitudes about a particular topic, and endeavor to influence public policy. These groups  - a collection of people having a common interest that represents a move toward action - are normally organized for the purpose of being with people of like-minded moral reasons  for the social aspect and to help with the economics in forwarding their belief in their cause. With this understanding, it is no surprise why efforts toward, for example,  health care reform during presidential elections have been significantly influenced again and again by such powerful special interest groups. In the United States,  the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is one of many SIG political action committees (PACs) praised for its ability to provide politicians with useful information to which they might  not otherwise have access. By joining these groups that push for and receive health care change, more citizens are encouraged to take an active part in politics and even  to help change laws or create new ones. For this reason, AARP - whose "current top national legislative priority is to persuade the US Congress to pass, and the  president to sign, legislation to add coverage of prescription drugs to the US Medicare programme" (Novelli, 2003, p. 7402) - serves a positive purpose in its lobbying duties, inasmuch as  there are not enough citizens who are actively involved in the politics of the United States government. Being that "most of the interest groups on aging came into being 

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