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  1. 1. MONEY  IN ELECTIONS Our Questions ‐‐‐Why is money so important in elections? How has this changed over time? Why?  ‐‐‐How has Congress attempted to reform the role of money in elections? Have these reforms  worked?  ‐‐‐Do wealthy contributors quot;buyquot; government influence? ‐‐‐Should the government limit campaign contributions and spending?  ‐‐‐How can Americans achieve genuine campaign finance reform without jeopardizing freedom of  speech?  1
  2. 2. TIMELINE OF CAMPAIGN REFORM Date    Law/Case      Provisions 1971 1973 Post 1973 2
  3. 3. TIMELINE OF CAMPAIGN REFORM CONTINUED Date    Law/Case      Provisions 2002 2003 Post 2003 3
  4. 4. DEFINITION OF TERMS  PACs Hard Money  Soft Money  Issue Ads 527s Examples of National Party Issues Ads: Take a look at a few. What conclusions can you make about the  purpose  of these ads and their potential impact on voters.  4
  5. 5. THE  527  WORKAROUND  2004: President Bush vs. Senator Kerry Swift Boat Captains for Truth Closing the Loophole:  Reform of 527s in the 2008 Election 5
  6. 6. Do wealthy contributors  quot;buyquot;  government influence?  6
  7. 7. Given all this information, should we limit campaign contributions?  7
  8. 8. How do we achieve meaningful campaign financing reform without jeopardizing freedom of expression?  8
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