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It obviously depends on the interest groups, but in most cases they hope to influence lawmakers to act favorably when it comes to their particular interest. There are groups that try to get lawmakers to get rid of regulations they think lower their profits or add ones that protect profits, there have been examples of lobbyists and interest groups writing laws and then getting lawmakers to sponsor them in Congress.
Interest groups also hope to influence lawmakers in more subtle ways. Recently some Tea-Party interest groups hoped that lawmakers might not agree to raise the debt ceiling in order to bring about a government default or some dire consequence, hoping that this would in the long run be a good thing and help to shrink government.
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