Thursday, December 1, 2011

Religion-Related Lobbying Increase Fivefold

The number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington, D.C., has increased roughly fivefold in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today.

A new study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life examines the agendas, strategies, affiliations and structures of 212 religion-related advocacy groups operating in the capital.

As a whole, religious advocacy organizations work on about 300 policy issues. For most of the past century, religious advocacy groups in Washington focused mainly on domestic affairs.

Today, however, roughly as many groups work only on international issues as work only on domestic issues, and nearly two-thirds of the groups work on both.

Read the full report @ Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

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