Notes 2-12 - American Politics Notes: February 12th, 2008...

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American Politics Notes: February 12 th , 2008 Interest 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. Participation is frequently measured by voting.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course PSC 100 taught by Professor Colbert during the Spring '08 term at UNC Greensboro.

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