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How do interest groups influence the actions of the president? Which interest groups will weigh in/have weighed in on public policy on energy?

24 comments:

Zach Matusinec said...

Interest groups influence the actions of the president via similar channels as they use to influence the legislative branch. Lobbying can show the President how the public feels on certain issues. This can cause the President to use executive powers and change the policy of his administration. The President can also press Congress to push through his ideas and reforms. IChemE is a special interest group that influences policy regarding renewable energy. Perhaps their lobbying in the coming years will influence Mr. Obama's energy policy.

Peyton Tebon said...

Interest groups influence the president through political support (votes) and through monetary support ($$$). In order for factions to have an impact on policy, they must convince the president that legislation and administration in their favor will be beneficial to the president if not the country. An interest group that will have an impact on energy will be the North American Platform Against Windpower, an organization that supports the removal and prevention of wind turbines. Groups like these could possibly inhibit the U.S's steps toward an energy independent future.

Kyle Johnson-Evers said...

The actions of the President are heavily influenced by interest groups and the money they give for campaigns. Interest groups do this because through bribing the President they can get some laws changed or policies made that favor what the interest group stands for. The Energy Institute is a special interest group that might influence what the President does. This interest group will promote new energy findings and innovations for energy.

Jack P. said...

Special interest groups highly influence the actions of many politicians in Washington including the President. Monetary support and political support like votes are two ways interest groups influence the actions of the President. an interest group that is heavy influence on energy is the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA helps the environment from people trying to hurt it by destroying it for energy like drilling for oil.

Max Francis said...

I completely agree with the posts above mine. All I would like to add is to ask a question that maybe someone could answer for me. If interest groups influence the president through campaign money and votes, then how do they have a large amount of power in a president's second term? Presidents break promises they made before their term all the time. I don't see how they can still play a key role in the president's decisions after their reelection.

Max Francis said...

I completely agree with the posts above mine. All I would like to add is to ask a question that maybe someone could answer for me. If interest groups influence the president through campaign money and votes, then how do they have a large amount of power in a president's second term? Presidents break promises they made before their term all the time. I don't see how they can still play a key role in the president's decisions after their reelection.

Garrett LeGros said...

Interest groups influence the president through the political support they supply with votes, and through support during campaigns when they supply the president with money. the interest groups simply do this because they want to influence the president to change laws or policies to be of benefit to the interest groups and what they stand for. An interest group that will have an impact on energy is The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) which was Founded in November 2001, works to bring all forms of renewable energy into the mainstream of America's economy and lifestyle. Groups like this will help us achieve an energy independent future.

Mr. Bretzmann said...

@Max We see that president's do have more 'flexibility' in their second term. Many times they go against what their supporters believe in order to achieve some type of legislative success (e.g. Obama and social security reform). Sometimes they are more worried about their legacy in the second term. Nevertheless, the POTUS is not usually a flag blowing in the wind who just goes whichever way the wind blows. In other words, he has some convictions, and he probably believes a lot of what his supporters believe. So you won't see him change too much. Finally, I would say that he probably hasn't just been supported by these interest groups for only four years. He probably has a relationship with them for most of his career. So, to think that he would jump ship after maybe a 20 year relationship with an interest group because he won't need their PAC's money for another election may not be something we see too often. (as an aside, keep in mind that interest groups don't give money to candidates...the PAC arm of their interest group gives money)

PatrickW said...

Interest groups have influence over the President through their influences in elections. Interest groups have a lot of money at their disposal so when it comes time for elections they can use that money to run ads. This influences the president because he wants the interest groups to send money for elections of people in his party. The oil company interest groups will weigh heavily in on the energy plan because they have a huge stake in the energy market.

Mr. Bretzmann said...

FYI: When a politician repudiates someone with whom we would expect him/her to have a positive political relationship, it's called a Sister Souljah Moment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Souljah_moment

Jonathan B said...

Interest groups can influence the actions of the president in various ways. These include monetary and voting support.The American council for an energy-efficient economy tries to come up with the fastest and cheapest advances in energy technology.

Amy Miksch said...

Interest groups influnce the president if they are similar issues he sides with. They can also influnce him by lobbying and promoting their interests. Interest groups for energy saving will lobby the president for this issue.

Noah Rusch said...

The POTUS is very much influenced by interest groups, as they contribute heavily to campaign funds and his general support. In addition to helping monetarily, interest groups help the President to figure out what his constituents want so that he can work to influence legislation. Oil interest groups have weighed in heavily on the president in the past, and will continue to so so. Back in 2008, they managed to get congress to lift a ban on offshore drilling. Since 1990, about $240 million has been used in oil lobbying.

Tony M. said...

Interest groups influence the actions of the President through lobbying. They basically show the president what the public wants, and he takes into account what they say. PACs are also another part of interest groups that influence the President. They raise money for campaigns which have an effect on policy. Interest groups that will weigh in on public policy and energy would be the Environmental Protection Agency.

Hannah G. said...

One of the ways interest groups influence the actions of the President is through lobbying. lobbying shows the publics interests. Another way interest groups influence the president are PACs. They are also important to the president because they are a form of monitory support which can be used for things like campaigning.

Mike O said...

Interest groups influence the actions of the President through lobbying. Their goal is to influence legislation in their favor. The EPA weighs in on public policy on energy. The EPA tries to influence legislation to protect the environment and save energy.

Jared Lederman said...

Interest groups influence the actions of the President through lobbying. Lobbying influences the publics interests. Another way is through PAC's. They raise money indirectly for the candidate to get (re) elected.

Josh DeGrave said...

Interest groups influence the president by lobbying. They can sit down and bullet point their facts toward the president regarding their particular interest. Also, they influence the POTUS through PAC money and votes for elections. American Council On Renewable Energy works on public policy on energy because they are constantly looking for more forms of renewable energy.

Nadia Tabbal said...

Interest groups influence the actions of the president through monetary support (aka: money). For example, during campaigns interest groups provide money.

KurtO said...

Interest groups would influence the decisions of the president by giving political support through votes and financial support by donating money during the president's reelection campaign. The New Energy Institute is an interest group that influences the president to support innovations in the energy industry.

KurtO said...

Interest groups would influence the decisions of the president by giving political support through votes and financial support by donating money during the president's reelection campaign. The New Energy Institute is an interest group that influences the president to support innovations in the energy industry.

Kayla Kenney said...

Interest groups influence the decisions of the president. The aid in the presidential campaign for support post election. This would allow the president to gain the public support if the interest group was pushing for something that the public wanted. The interest group that would be the most important would be NRA.

Kayla Kenney said...

Interest groups influence the decisions of the president. The aid in the presidential campaign for support post election. This would allow the president to gain the public support if the interest group was pushing for something that the public wanted. The interest group that would be the most important would be NRA.

Leah Henriksen said...

Interest groups influence the president through political and monetary support. They do this to get laws changed or policies put into place that would improve their standing in America. The Energy Institute is an interest group that could support the president for their own gain.