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Special Interest Groups


Sources Available on the Internet Your Guide to the Money in U.S. Elections - Center for Responsive Politics. This non-partisan site provides extensive federal and state information on special interest groups and campaign financing. Includes data on lobbyists, political action committees, individual donors, and interest groups.

Follow the Money - a database of campaign contributions at the state level

Cal-Access - provides financial information on California state candidates, donors, and lobbyists.

MAPLight - a database which brings together campaign contributions with how legislators vote

Political Advocacy Groups: A Directory of United States Lobbyists - An extensive directory of special interest groups organized by subject. Links to the organization Web page are available from the directory or from an alphabetical list of organization names.

Issue Organizations - Project Vote Smart

A handy index of interest groups organized by issue and state.

Associations on the Net - Internet Public Library

An online directory of professional and trade associations, cultural and art organizations, political parties and advocacy groups, labor unions, academic societies, and research institutions.  Organized by subject and organization name.

Sources Available at USF Libraries

Activist's Almanac (Simon & Schuster) REFERENCE HN 55 W35 1993

Contains detailed descriptions of selected national organizations, including their purpose, current priorities, members, structure, resources, publications, and services.

Directory of congressional voting scores and interest group ratings (CQ Press) REFERENCE JK1051 .S555

A compilation of voting study comparisons and interest group rating data on every member of Congress who has served from 1947 through 1999.

Encyclopedia of Associations (Gale Research Co.) REFERENCE AS 22.5 .G15

Contains brief descriptions of more than 23,000 nonprofit membership organizations of national scope. Includes subject and organization indices.

Encyclopedia of interest groups and lobbyists in the United States (M.E. Sharpe) REFERENCE JK1118 .N47

Contains descriptions of 197 interest groups covering their history, activities, and finances.

Public Interest Profiles (Foundation for Public Affairs) REFERENCE JK 1118 P79

Contains detailed descriptions of over 200 national non-profit public interest groups in the United States. Includes name, subject, and group indices.

Washington Representatives (Columbia Books) LAW REFERENCE JK1118.D58

Arranged in two alphabetical listings: the lobbyists and the organizations the lobbyists represent. Also includes a subject index.

Washington Information Directory (Congressional Quarterly, Inc.) LAW REFERENCE F192.3 .W33

Briefly describes government agencies and congressional committees as well as non-profit organizations and special interest groups with offices in Washington, D.C. All of the organizations are listed in the policy areas in which the groups are active. Includes alphabetical index to groups.

U.S. Women's Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles (Greenwood Press) REFERENCE HQ 1904 U2 1995

U.S. Religious Interest Groups (Greenwood Press) REFERENCE BL 2525 W413 1994

U.S. Energy and Environmental Interest Groups (Greenwood Press) REFERENCE HD 9502 U52 W45 1990

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