Public interest group members are usually motivated by the idea that everyone would be better off if they adopted.
They believe that the benefit they seek is good for everyone, even if they disagree with it.
Few people would dispute the value of clean air, peace, and the protection of human rights internationally, but there is no consensus about protecting the right to an abortion, or the right to carry concealed weapons, or the right to smoke marijuana.
Each of these issues has public interest groups that are dedicated to ensuring the rights of all Americans.
Public interest groups are particularly vulnerable to the free rider problem because they are involved in the production of collective goods for large populations and the individual incentive to contribute may be difficult to perceive.
In the 1960s and 1980s, the number of public interest groups grew dramatically.
People are drawn to public interest groups because they support the groups' values and goals.
When events threaten the goals of a public interest group, membership increases.
The Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation gained a lot of new members after Ronald Reagan was elected president, because they were afraid that the Republicans would dismantle environmental laws.
Environmental interest groups have been involved in promoting environmental policies.
The Clean Air and Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency were all successes during the 1970s.
The Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, and Natural Resources Defense Council are just some of the groups that lobby in Washington.
Their members don't like the idea of trying to lobby members of Congress for green laws.
Their calls for direct action have included building and living in aerial platforms in old-growth redwood forests in California so as to discourage the timber industry from felling the trees.
Early on, the cause of consumer protection became synonymous with the efforts of the public interest group Public Citizen.
The history of interest group activity for religious groups in America goes back to the abolitionist movement.
The moral decay and decadence of American society has led to the growth of religious groups.
The Christian Coalition, whose million-plus members make it the most powerful religious fundamentalist group in American politics, lobbies on political issues and provides members with voters' guides.
The Christian Broadcasting Network was developed in 1976 by Pat Robertson, who chaired the Christian Coalition's board.
These groups have become a major force in national politics and an important part of the coalition supporting the Republican Party.
The Anti-Defamation League promotes a broad set of foreign, domestic, and legal issues that combat worldwide anti-Semitism and discrimination against Jewish Americans.
The interpretation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution by the National Rifle Association is that they are opposed to almost any effort to control and regulate the sale and distribution of firearms.
We saw a lot of policy success.
Despite public opinion polls showing a clear majority of Americans favoring gun control, the level of regulation of gun purchases remains minimal.
The success of the NRA can be attributed to its dedicated members who are willing to give their time, resources, and votes to those candidates who support the organization's positions.
One group that has challenged the power of the NRA is Handgun Control, Inc., an interest group founded by.
The Brady Campaign to prevent Gun Violence was instrumental in getting waiting period legislation passed in 1993.
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new gun control lobby has sprung up to take on the NRA: Everytown for Gun Safety, a combined effort of the financial grassroots foot soldiers of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.
The National Abortion Rights Action League is on the pro-choice side.
The groups are trying to convince policymakers that a majority of Americans want women to have the right to choose safe and legal abortions.
Lobbying by foreign governments can include preferential treatment.
Several of the Chinesetrademarks that Donald Trump and his family have been granted have previously been rejected.
The National Right to Life Committee and its partner, Operation Rescue, are on the pro-life side of the debate.
The National Right to Life Committee wants to get a constitutional amendment banning abortions.
abortion clinics, picketing clinics, and intercepting women who are considering abortions are all attempts by Operation Rescue to prevent abortions.
In recent years, pro-life groups have shifted from a single focus on abortion to other issues, such as opposing stem cell research.
The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby was a victory for conservative groups.
The case illustrated how interest groups can use the courts as well as the legislative process.
The issue of human rights is the focus of some public interest groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonpartisan organization that protects individual rights against government overreach.
The nation's guardian of liberty is claimed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Over three million people are members ofAmnesty International, which promotes human rights worldwide.
In the United States, the death penalty, arms control, and globalization are some of the issues that it lobbies on.
Wayne was thrown out of the gallery of the House of Representatives during one of his best moments.
He was watching the vote on the budget amendment and everyone thought they were going to lose.
He watched the board light up with votes.
He yelled and pumped his fist.
The House doesn't like emotional displays in the gallery.
He says that it didn't take the smile off his face.
Even though it was a great win, it's how he feeds his spirit and keeps himself going in the face of unimaginable stories of animal abuse in his job as CEO of the Humane Society of the United States that matters to him.