GOV11.7.07 - PACs Federal Campaign Act (FECA) 1971 Put 1000...

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PACs Federal Campaign Act (FECA) 1971 Put 1000 limit on donations individuals can make to any individual can make Labor unions, corporations, ect. can make a PAC and donate up to 5,000 Federal Election Commission (1976) Expanded authority for creating PACS Private citizens, museums, universities can make PACs. What is a PAC by definition? Private organization whose purpose is to raise and distribute money to candidates in political campaigns Important things. .. Can donate more than individuals. .. power of interest groups increases while political party decreases (This has lead to candidate centered campaigns) Some PAC Names Committee for a Democratic Majority_Edward Kennedy Longhorn PAC-Lamar Smith KPAC-Kay Bailey Hutchison Democracy for America-Howard Dean A Closer Look at Campaign Money Main Ideas: Incumbents are sometimes better at getting money What is Soft Money? Hard money-campaign contributions Soft Money-expenditures by political party on general public education, voter registration, and voter mobilization. .. given by interest groups and individuals to party for
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GOV11.7.07 - PACs Federal Campaign Act (FECA) 1971 Put 1000...

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