Special Interests

From Lobbyists to Campaign Funding

From the Series Inside Elections

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Special interest groups, lobbyists, political action committees, campaign finance reform—if people on the news are arguing about these subjects, it’s probably an election year. Billions of dollars flow through special interest groups to fund campaigns at local, state, and national levels. Donors, corporations, and committees have the potential to greatly influence political candidates and election results, so the rules surrounding special interest groups and campaign funding should be of great concern to all citizens. Examine opposing viewpoints on some of the key issues and consider for yourself who has—and who should have—a say in the election process.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF043000, JNF052000
Dewey 622.4'30973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1150
ATOS Reading Level 7.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 178597
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Sandy Donovan

Sandy Donovan has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Inside Elections

What’s going on behind the scenes during an election? Readers will explore the inner workings of our political system from a critical thinking perspective. Each book examines key factors that affect the outcome of an election, such as campaign funding, media coverage, the influence View available downloads →



“[T]he series promises to offer honest and unbiased explanations of ‘common knowledge’ that is not necessarily as common as thought. . . . [P]atrons who need a quick overview of elections facts will find them helpful.”—VOYA

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“They are rich with information about all aspects of the election process, going beyond a traditional discussion of the electoral college process. . . . Timely additions on an important subject.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple