The United States hold a “dominant position in the global economy and world affairs” (Schmidt et al, 2009, p. 268). It is only natural for foreign groups to attempt to influence this nation’s policies and decisions that can affect their interests.It is only natural for foreign groups to attempt to influence this nation’s policies and decisions that can affect their interests. This does not necessarily mean though, that foreign groups lobby in conflict to the welfare of local companies and citizens. Of course, these groups strategize in ways that puts their own benefit on top priority, yet there is no deliberate act to cause any form of detriment to others. Should foreign interest groups be banned from manipulating the course of the American government, globalization might not be optimized. Being the primary advocate of democracy, the United States strive to open the world for all opportunities available, and limiting their voice would be obstructive to such a goal. Moreover, the legislative body, in collaboration with domestic groups, will not permit any instance of exploitation by foreign groups. Personal Elections While the election system in the United States is typically a competition between two major parties—the Republicans and Democrats, more and more citizens tend to negate the idea of straight voting, and elect candidates from both instead.