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Many local town governments in New England still practice direct democracy where the population of the town votes to resolve issues. Critics of these town councils argue that well-funded special interest groups are able to influence these large open referenda.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the critics’ argument?

A. Groups that oppose well-funded special interest groups do not have the budgets to mount major media campaigns in local markets.
B. Direct elections are not effective because individual citizens do not have as much knowledge as professional legislators.
C. Since individual voters make the decision, direct democracy provides insurance against the influence of wealthy special interest groups.
D. Local newspapers and TV stations tend to be biased in favor of special interest groups and provide unbalanced reporting to local citizens.
E. Decisions by local town governments usually are in line with the views of well-funded special interest.
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Marked A.
E was close too but was a wrong option. It is an extension of what has already been conveyed in the paragraph about the “well funded groups

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Many local town governments in New England still practice direct democracy where the population of the town votes to resolve issues. Critics of these town councils argue that well-funded special interest groups are able to influence these large open referenda.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the critics’ argument?

A. Groups that oppose well-funded special interest groups do not have the budgets to mount major media campaigns in local markets.
B. Direct elections are not effective because individual citizens do not have as much knowledge as professional legislators.
C. Since individual voters make the decision, direct democracy provides insurance against the influence of wealthy special interest groups.
D. Local newspapers and TV stations tend to be biased in favor of special interest groups and provide unbalanced reporting to local citizens.
E. Decisions by local town governments usually are in line with the views of well-funded special interest.


(A) This answer suggests that well-funded special interest groups have undue influence because groups that oppose them have limited funding.
(B) may well be true, but it doesn’t support the argument.
(C) Even if people are wealthy, it doesn’t mean that they support the interests of well-funded groups. For example, unions may be well funded, but they usually are not representing the interests of the wealthy.
(D) suggests that media may be biased in the favor of special interest groups, but it does not tell you which ones. The question asks about well-funded special interest groups, and we don’t know that these are well-funded groups.
(E) isn’t relevant to the argument.

Choice (A) is the best answer.
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I'm not convinced with A. Argument says the well funded special groups already are able to influence to the voters. How does it matter that their opponents have funding or not. Even if they did interest groups could still influence

D on the other hand states that media is biased in favor of special interests group. Even though it is a general statements, it still applies.

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I'm not convinced with A. Argument says the well funded special groups already are able to influence to the voters. How does it matter that their opponents have funding or not. Even if they did interest groups could still influence

D on the other hand states that media is biased in favor of special interests group. Even though it is a general statements, it still applies.

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I chose D at first but then I think whether media is influenced by well-funded special interest groups unintentionally or intentionally

The conclusion stated that well-funded special interest groups actively influence these large open referenda
while in (D) does not mean well-funded special interest groups intentionally influence media

So with this subtle difference, (D) is out

The correct answer is (A) because it indicated that the opposed groups are not able to the same with well-funded special interest groups in order to influence media.
What happen when both groups could influence media, the conclusion would be weaken, so (A) eliminate one possibility that can weaken conclusion
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