Interest groups are an organization of people with policy goals who work within the political process to promote such goals. Groups attempt to influence policy in various ways including lobbying government by hiring representatives to advocate on behalf of the group’s interests, engaging in election activities, educating the public at large, government officials, their own members, and potential interest group members, and mobilizing the public. Use the information you learned in the Explore learning module this week about public opinion and political socialization, as well as the articles and websites below to develop an essay answering the question – “Should interest groups play a significant role in policy formation in American politics? Why or why not?” Use additional online resources, as needed, to develop your argument. The Role of Interest Groups Interest Groups The influence of elites, interest groups and average voters on American politics How much did interest groups pay per vote in California? The answer, as we break down the midterms with data Interest group influence on US policy change: An assessment based on policy history The writing assignment should be a minimum of 500 words and include an introduction with an overview of your essay, ending with a thesis statement answering the question “Should interest groups play a significant role in policy formation in American politics? Why or why not?” in your own words. The essay should also include a body with support for your claim. You may use the City College library’s databases to locate outside resources to provide support. Be sure to end your essay with a solid conclusion that wraps up and summarizes all of the ideas presented throughout your essay. Your paper should be formatted in APA style with an APA-formatted title page. Any outside resources should be included on a separate reference page and also formatted in APA style.