Presentation on theme: "Election Campaigns Chapter 17, Sections 1 & 2. Electing the President To win, need 270+ of 538 electoral votes Candidates pays close attention to."— Presentation transcript:
Electing the President To win, need 270+ of 538 electoral votes Candidates pays close attention to states w/ large pop Election Day – 1 st Tues after 1 st Mon in Nov. Campaign strategy Plan how to capture key states Plan approach to opponent Plan issues to stress based on pop. needed
Electing the President Campaign Organization Campaign manager heads campaign org. Manage relations with external organizations Using Television Most important communication tool Image (mental picture) of candidate is projected Using the internet Key tool for fundraising and informing voters
Financing Campaigns Regulating Campaign financing Public disclosure of candidates spending Federal Election Commission limits contributions Public Funding Candidates can receive money from Presidential Election Campaign Fund if they agree to limit spending 2012 – both candidates did not take public funding
Financing Campaigns Private Funding Bulk of campaign funding comes from private sources Individuals currently limited to $2,500 PAC s – political action committees, fund campaigns Est. by interest groups to support candidates Get around contribution limits by issue advocacy advertising – not for a specific candidate Super PACs – don’t make contributions to pols party or candidate campaign directly Soft money – given directly to a political party for general purpose spending
Financing Campaigns Campaign laws and the internet Most laws on campaign finance written before internet was widely used Websites that deal with campaigns must register with the FEC if they spend more than $250 on the site
Name ___________________________________________________Government Read pages 481 – 484 in your text, and complete the questions below. What does suffrage mean, and why is it important? _______________________________________________________________ Barrier to SuffrageWhat Groups of People Did this Affect? 15 th Amendment19 th Amendment26 th Amendment In the boxes below explain the changes brought about by each of the following amendments to the constitution.