Economic interest groups include all of the following EXCEPT:A. consumer groupsB. unionsC. professional associationsD. corporationsE. agricultural interest groups  

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The best answer to this question is Option A.  This is because consumer groups are not typically trying to achieve goals that are specifically economic.  Therefore, most political science textbooks do not categorize consumer groups as economic interest groups.  Instead, they often tend to pursue goals that have to do with things like safety and fairness.

Economic interest groups are groups that are looking for an economic advantage for their members.  All of the other groups mentioned in this question are clearly looking for economic interests and not much else.  However, with consumer groups, there is often another kind of goal.  Often, consumer groups want things like safer products or products that are “fair trade.”   These are people who are seeking greater fairness, not specific economic benefits for themselves.  Therefore, Option A is the best answer.