Businesses' Political Participation: Pros, Cons & Tactics


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Why do businesses use political action committees?

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1. Businesses using their power and influence to threaten governments is called _____.

2. The electric car lobby wants to help pass a bill in Congress that will massively increase taxes on all cars that use fossil fuels. Lobbyists from the fossil fuel industry step in to oppose them. The fossil fuel lobbyists are MOST likely participating in this political issue due to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of political participation by businesses. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the methods by which businesses engage with politics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Pros and cons of business involvement with politics
  • Third-party groups that raise money for a candidate
  • Use of corporate power to threaten governments

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on political participation by businesses
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the cons of politically-involved businesses and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about efforts to promote a company's self-interests to legislators

Additional Learning

To learn more about how corporations can influence governments, review the corresponding lesson on Political Participation by Businesses. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the term expert witness testimony
  • Identify the economic impact government can have on business
  • Recognize the interests of the United States Chamber of Commerce
  • Know five tactics through which businesses participate in politics