What are some positive and negative aspects of interest groups?

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On the positive side, it can be argued that interest groups enhance our democracy.  They allow the people to have input on issues that they really care about.  They allow that input to be brought to the politicians’ attention all the time, not just at election time.  In these ways, they make for more democracy.

On the negative side, it can be argued that interest groups detract from our democracy.  They help to create at least the impression of corruption because they donate money to politicians.  They also help the rich to have more power than regular people because they use money to obtain access to political officials.

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