AP US Government : Relationships with Interest Groups

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Relationships With Interest Groups

Which of these is currently a federal restriction on lobbyists?

Possible Answers:

Lobbyists may not work in multiple states simultaneously.

Foreign entities may not lobby state or federal governments.

Lobbyists must apply for licenses to lobby to Congress.

Former members of Congress must wait up to two years before lobbying directly to former colleagues. 

State funds may never be used to lobby state or federal governments.

Correct answer:

Former members of Congress must wait up to two years before lobbying directly to former colleagues. 

Explanation:

Controversy has arisen in the past few decades over the role of former members of Congress in lobbying. This has led to what is called a "revolving door" in Congress. In light of this, light restrictions have been added that prevent former members of Congress from lobbying to former staff for one year, and other members of Congress for two. Students should be aware of current controversies surrounding interest groups in the United States.

With respect to the other answers, few states have restrictions on state funds being used to lobby, lobbyists must register but do not need to apply for licensing, lobbyists can certainly work in multiple states, and foreign entities can lobby the government as long as they adhere to certain restrictions.

Example Question #2 : Relationships With Interest Groups

Which of these Federal departments manages programs related to Native Americans?

Possible Answers:

The Department of Homeland Security

The Department of the Interior

The Department of State

The Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Justice

Correct answer:

The Department of the Interior

Explanation:

The Department of the Interior manages programs related to Native Americans. The Department of the Interior is also responsible for the management of Federal land and national parks, as well as conservation and the management of natural resources.

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