POLI 360 Lecture 16: POLI 360 - Lecture 16

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POLI - Political Science
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POLI 360 – Lecture 16  Campaign Spending o Total spending has increased in presidential and congressional elections. o More money used to be spent on presidential nomination campaigns than in the general election because candidates can use public funding in the general election. This is no longer true because candidates can raise more money on their own than they would receive from public funding. o Parties fund national conventions. o Types of Party Expenditures 1. Direct Expenditures: money given to candidates by parties. 2. Coordinated Expenditures: money given to candidates for polls, ads, etc. by the parties. These amounts of money are limited, but this type of expenditure does give parties more control over where the candidates spend the parties’ funds. 3. Soft Money: money that can be spent on party-building activities. Basically any money that is not spent on federal campaigns, including issue advocacy ads.  Soft money was created indirectly when public funding was relegated to preferable sections of campaigning, such as ads and direct mail, leaving few funds for party building. The 1979 Buckley v. Valeo decision exempted federal funds from being spent on party building activities. o Democrats were more dependent on soft money than Republicans because Democrats had fewer individual donors. o The BCRA banned most soft money. o Political Action Committees (PACs): political groups that fundraise and spend money to influence different elections. o Types of PACs  Sponsored PACs: set up by labor unions, trade associations, or corporations.  Nonconnected PACs: no sponsoring organizations; usually conservative or liberal.  Leadership PACs: set up by incumbent congresspeople to distribute funds to other candidates. These types of PACs create alliances, which are highly valued by congresspeople looking to move up in the leadership. o People can donate as much money as they like to PACs. o Most PAC money goes to congressional
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