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A pressure group that is structured to look like a voluntary association, but may in reality be controlled by a particular interest (such as a company, industry, or political party), and which may give the appearance of being set up to do one thing but actually be set up to do something else on behalf of its parent group. Examples of US environmental front groups include the Climate Council, Coalition for Vehicle Choice, Global Climate Coalition, National Wetlands Coalition, and the Wise Use Movement.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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