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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.
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29 Dec 2008, 03:12
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29 Dec 2008, 15:59
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31 Jan 2009, 13:50
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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.

D to me.

We need some thing that says CC will not approve new plan

D says contributions do not force votes.

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31 Jan 2009, 22:15
Another D.

An answer choice that would undermine the reasoning - just because X receives funds from Y, means X will vote for Y - will be true. D says, even though X receives funds from Y doesn't necessarily mean the votes will go to Y

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01 Feb 2009, 00:20
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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.

D to me.

We need some thing that says CC will not approve new plan

D says contributions do not force votes.

Bingo!

Agree with D. C is irrelevant because it makes no difference if some, most, or all receive benefits. If the answer choice stated that none of the real estate development firms in the city will participate and benefit then you can consider C as a potential answer.
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01 Feb 2009, 03:10
it shld be D
scthakur wrote:
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.
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01 Feb 2009, 13:26
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IMO D

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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.

B, C and E out: they don't have nothing to do with the argument

Between A and D... well, it took me a while to decide between them. I think the point is the word "several" in A, which can mean majority or not

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01 Feb 2009, 14:03
D .

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01 Feb 2009, 18:33
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.

Among A and D, D is definitely stronger since it definitely breaks the main reasoning of the argument. A is not strong enough, so what if env lobbyists also give money...most still come from real estate.
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01 Feb 2009, 19:37
Another D

conclusion "city council will certainly vote to approve the new downtown redevelopment plan"

premise: campaign contributions received by members of the city council come from real estate development firms, which stand to benefit from the plan

D - if taken as premise will weaken the conclusion.
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01 Feb 2009, 20:28
Another D.

(A) Several members of the city council receive sizable campaign contributions from environmental lobbying groups.

For A we need to assume that favor of the city council is proportional to the contributions.
A is out because of this.
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01 Feb 2009, 21:16
Can we have the OA?

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02 Feb 2009, 00:00
Yeah D stands clear.
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02 Feb 2009, 00:13
OA is D.
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