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We prefer to use the term "advocacy" rather than "special interest" when referring to these groups. This is because "special interest" has lately become almost a derogatory term. "Special interests" are often singled out as the root of all evil in our political system.
However, advocacy groups also perform a very important and useful role: they have the time and resources to carefully research the legislation considered by the U.S. Congress - something an average citizen cannot easily do.
Through our Congressional Report Cards, you too can take advantage of the groups' legislative research and learn about the Congress members' stance on issues as indicated by their voting record and cosponsorship of legislation as opposed by their election campaign ads.
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