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The city council will certainly vote to approve the new [#permalink]
08 Nov 2003, 08:12
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The city council will certainly vote to approve the new downtown redevelopment plan, despite the objections of environmentalists. After all, most of the campaign contributions received by members of the city council come from real estate development firms, which stand to benefit from the plan.
Which of the following statements, if true, would most weaken the argument above?
(A) Several members of the city council receive sizable campaign contributions from environmental lobbying groups.
(B) Members of the city council are required to report the size and source of each campaign contribution they receive.
(C) Not every real estate development firm in the city will be able to participate in, and profit from, the new downtown redevelopment plan.
(D) The members of the city council have often voted in ways that are opposed to the interests of their campaign contributors.
(E) Some environmentalists have stated that the new downtown redevelopment plan might be environmentally sound if certain minor modifications are made.
The official answer is D
I don't like this choice because I don't infer too much from this question.
I think the answer B can explain this doubt for council.
After renewing to think this question, I found the type of question is weakeness, but explanation. So, the answer D weakens directly the assumption of question. Right?
the passage says that the city council will approve the new plan b/c they get contributions from developers who stand to benefit from this plan...
so basically it's saying that the city council will approve the plan b/c of this...so this is the part of the statement that we must attack (the assumption as you mentioned)...all we have to show is that despite these reasons the city coucil won't necessarily vote to approve...and D is the only choice that clearly shows an "alternate" outcome....
B is incorrect b/c just b/c the city council has to report the contributions it doesn't show anything about how they will vote...which is what we are looking for....an "alternate" outcome