State and Local Political Processes/POL 215
September 26, 2011
Elements that Influence State Government
Politicians are elected because of the issues they stand for; however, interest groups hold or weaken their agenda once they have been elected. Interest groups make good use of every available resource when sponsoring or overpowering their concern. These interest groups are composed of a body of voters with a stake in major or minor supported issues, and they make known the matter they are fighting for or against. By never giving up on their arguments and concerns, interest groups will make public demonstrations or displays. This persistence continues until they accomplish whatever the cause is that they are participating in. American Association of Retired Persons
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is an interest group, which has an influence on voting from a huge senior voting population, election discussions, and voter guides. History
After establishing the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA) in 1947, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus began the AARP in 1958 (AARP, 2011). This organization has matured over the years and rumors to have around 30 million members and more than four thousand chapters nationwide. From its beginning in 1958, they considerably have changed and developed in reaction to society changes while remaining dedicated to its original philosophy. Their three main philosophies promote individuality, self-esteem, and purpose for senior citizens while improving their way of life, and to encourage “To serve, not be served” (AARP, 2011). By performing studies on elderly requirements, the economy, and a huge volunteer network thousands are influenced to become members on a yearly basis. The AARP is oldest recognized organization focused entirely on senior citizens.
Influencing voters about policies is a key way the AARP induces...