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Interest groups serve to influence government about specific interests of the public as well as the private sector Representing a special interest interest groups remain polarized more so than members of Congress As Poole and Rosenthal wrote we would suggest that interest groups are more polarized than legislators who in turn are likely to be more polarized than the electorate Poole and Rosenthal 1998 One such polarized interest group is the Human Rights Campaign HRC Americas leading civil rights organization working to ascertain equality for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT community Donating primarily to Democrats the HRC donated to my Congressman Representative Steve Israel of New Yorks third district Monroe and Kersh 2013wwwHRCorg 2013 Poole and Rosenthal 1998 wwwopensecretsorg 2013 Poole and Rosenthal said interest groups consist of ideological organizations and pro-LGBT Equality is an thought attractive predominantly to liberals With its recognizable blue and yellow equal sign symbol recently changed to red to symbolize the fight for marriage equality the HRC has become synonymous with the LGBT communitys fight for equality By motivating Americans the HRC is striving to eradicate discrimination against the LGBT community inspiring celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga as well as corporations like Coca-Cola and Microsoft to support and contribute to the cause Along with the celebrity endorsements the HRC has a strong lobbying presence in Washington with an overwhelming support for the Democratic Party In 2012 the HRC donated over 888000 to the Democratic members while only donating 40000 to Republicans For the 2012 elections the HRC spent 55368 supporting Democratic candidates and 28934 campaigning against Republican candidates comparatively they spend no money politicking against Democrats or for Republicans Except for a few Republican outliers the HRC donates strictly to Democratic members along with the occasional Independent wwwHRCorg 2013 Poole and Rosenthal 1998 wwwopensecretsorg 2013 Steve Israel who represents New Yorks 3rd District has taken a stance supporting equality for LGBT community evident
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