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 Walking   Review  • WALK around the room and talk to your peers  • “Use” your peers to help you answer the questions    ...
Increase inFund-raising     forPresidentialNominationCampaigns
 The   Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms  • Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974     Created Federal Election Commission...
LO 9.3 The   Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms (cont.)  • Soft Money     Contributions for party building expenses or gen...
 The   Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms (cont.)  • 527 Groups     Independent groups seek to influence the political pro...
 Citizens   United v. F.E.C.  • Supreme Court said that limiting corporations/unions    on campaign spending was a violat...
LO 9.3                                                                 To Learning ObjectivesCopyright © 2011 Pearson Educ...
 Are   Campaigns Too Expensive?  • Center for Responsive Politics estimated in 2008    that the contests for the presiden...
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A brief outline of current campaign finance laws.

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Money & campaigning

  1. 1.  Walking Review • WALK around the room and talk to your peers • “Use” your peers to help you answer the questions on the sheet. • You may only receive one answer per peer
  2. 2. Increase inFund-raising forPresidentialNominationCampaigns
  3. 3.  The Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms • Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974  Created Federal Election Commission;  Provided public financing for presidential primaries and general elections;  Limited presidential campaign spending;  Required disclosure of funds;  and limited contributions.  Around $2,300 per person
  4. 4. LO 9.3 The Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms (cont.) • Soft Money  Contributions for party building expenses or generic party advertising not subject to contribution limits. • McCain-Feingold Act (2002) bans soft money, increased amount of individual contributions, and limited issue ads.
  5. 5.  The Maze of Campaign Finance Reforms (cont.) • 527 Groups  Independent groups seek to influence the political process but are not subject to contribution limits because they do not directly seek election of particular candidates. • 501(c) AKA Super PACS  Allows for unlimited political donations
  6. 6.  Citizens United v. F.E.C. • Supreme Court said that limiting corporations/unions on campaign spending was a violation of their first amendment right
  7. 7. LO 9.3 To Learning ObjectivesCopyright © 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Longman
  8. 8.  Are Campaigns Too Expensive? • Center for Responsive Politics estimated in 2008 that the contests for the presidency and Congress cost over $5 billion. • More congressional incumbents spend, the worse they do.  Connected to the fact that the more they spend the tougher their opponent is • Doctrine of sufficiency  Spend enough money to get a message across to compete effectively.

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