Please complete your Do-Now and the transition activity
You’ll pass in your PARTY PEOPLE with your do-now
Campaign financing Unit: Elections & Political Parties
What are some of the consequences (negative effects) of rising campaign costs?
What are political parties?
What are their functions?
How are parties similar?
How are they different?
What are third parties?
“ Political parties are equally helpful and hurtful. They are helpful because they allow people to express their political opinions. However, they are also hurtful because they don’t allow the govt to completely unit or work together.”
“ They are helpful because they group similar minds together. There is no point of having 200,000 political parties if ½ of them all believe in the same thing. It also helps voters because you have 2 choices, both with opposite beliefs. This makes it easier to choose.”
Do-now + transition activity
Introduction to lesson
Vocab, lecture, + notes
Reading + questions
Class activity w/ special guest, HP
Political Cartoon Analysis
Special interest groups- an organization of people with common interests who try to influence government policies and decisions
Political Action Committee (PACs)- the political arm of an interest group that collects voluntary contributions from members to fund political candidates and parties the interest group favors
What is a political campaign?
A political campaign is when a person decides they want to serve in an elected position and then tries to get votes from their community, state, or nation depending on the type of office they wish to serve.
How are campaigns funded?
Use their own money
Get money from special interest groups or political action committee (PACs) funding
Rising Campaign Costs
In recent years, the cost of running for office has increased
Candidates rely less and less on their political party to win elections
Instead they have become more of independent political actors
Rely on their own efforts and their campaign organization
Effects of Rising Campaign Costs
Requires candidates to conduct extensive fundraising activities.
Limits the opportunity to run for office
Gives wealthy individuals an advantage
Encourages the development of PACs
Give issue-oriented special interest groups increased influence
Examples of Interest Groups
National Education Association!!
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Association of Retired People
Rising Campaign Costs
Have led to campaign finance reform laws
Limits have been placed on how much an individual can donate to a political candidate or campaign.
The high cost of getting elected has changed campaigns for political office by:
giving special interest groups increased influence
expanding the opportunities for people to run for office
requiring the national government to pay all campaign costs
Which statement BEST demonstrates how the high cost of getting elected has changed campaigning for public office