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The city council will certainly vote to approve the new [#permalink]
29 Sep 2009, 06:27
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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 stimulus is saying very specifically(WILL CERTAINLY) that the city council vote to approve the new develpoment plan because the campaing money they reiceved is from the Real estate dev firms.
The best way to pick an ans choice is to see which of the ans choices shows a possibility where the conclusion fails to account for or times where the conclusion is no more good.
From the ans choices, D looks best. It states that the menbers of the city concil frequently voted against the interests of the campaign contributors. With this ans, there is no way the conclusion can be very specific to say that the count will vote for the new downtown development.
I found A a good candidate, because it seems to say that environmentalists are paying and/or supporting the projects. If they were doing so, they could actually want the projects, right? But that does not weaken the argument. The point is not about where the money/support comes from.
What is critical here is: is the city council likely to vote????? (the argument is so sure that the answer is YES)
Thus, D casts doubt whether it will vote to approve the project, because its previous behavior in other projects.