a political or economic stake in something: Japan had a special interest in the South China Sea.
- special-interest, adjective
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How to use special interest in a sentence
In a letter to the carriers Monday, the three lawmakers took special interest in Comcast, citing public reporting that it would start charging the heaviest Internet users in the Northeast more.House Democrats ask AT&T, Comcast to share data about home Internet shutoffs as lawmakers eye new stimulus aid | Tony Romm | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The political insiders have been smothering Virginians’ best interests with their special interests.Political newcomer with ability to self-fund to enter race for Virginia governor | Laura Vozzella | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
He developed a special interest and expertise in domestic terrorism.Domestic Terrorism: A More Urgent Threat, but Weaker Laws | by Sebastian Rotella | January 8, 2021 | ProPublica
Ginny Merrifield, executive director of the group, told me that it formed as a result of concerns that the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how politics and special interests, namely teachers’ unions, take precedence over the needs of children.North County Report: New Parents Group Pushes School Reopenings | Kayla Jimenez | January 7, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
She told KUSI she thought Campbell was controlled by special interests.Politics Report: What the Dramatic Council President Contest Taught Us | Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts | December 12, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
At the same time, campaigns are spending less while the special-interest groups are spending more.
Sometimes politicians oppose reform for nefarious reasons—to protect a special interest or a major donor, for example.
Who has the courage to do the right thing—money from special interest groups be damned?
Its members would not be beholden to any special interest groups, at all, for their selection.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives? | Michael Schulson | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Republican and Democratic parties, he says, have become simply “conduits of special interest money.”The Independents Who Could Tip the Senate in November | Linda Killian | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has a special interest or property in them, and a lien thereon for advances in money that he may make to the owners.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The thirty-six subjects not reproduced are for the most part small or apparently not of special interest.Photographs of Nebul and Clusters | James Edward Keeler
The mental diseases that are of special interest in this respect are the so-called idiopathic insanities.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
This arose out of an application which has a special interest in the history of printing.A History of the Cambridge University Press | S. C. Roberts
He had carried people, men and women, from one prison to another before this, and took no special interest in this job.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner