American Politics Notes: February 12th, 2008Interest Groups•Money is crucial in political campaigns. •From the 1992 House and Senate elections…-House: The winners spent an average of $543,000-House: The losers spent an average of $201,000-Senate: The winners spent an average of $3.9 million-Senate: The losers spent an average of $2.0 million-House: The candidate who spent the most money won 89% of the time.-Senate: The candidate who spent the most money won 86% of the time.•The money raised for a political campaign is a good indicator for determining who will win elections.•Incumbents have an advantage. •Interest groups pervade the political system. They are all over it. They do not just write checks. They are active in virtually every piece of the government, although they are not always successful. Participation•Participation is described as actions through which ordinary members of a political system influence of attempt to influence governmental outputs.
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