road to the white house

road to the white house - PSCI 100 April 8, 2008 The Road...

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PSCI 100 April 8, 2008 The Road to the White House 2008 Many people are confused about what actually happens on the process to becoming elected to the White House. There are many naive people who believe that some people want to vote, they get their name out there and then the people of the United States vote on the person they think is best suited to run the country. It’s not that simple but in The Road to the White House 2008 by Stephen J. Wayne he explains the process in depth from the just thinking about wanting to run and all the way up to being elected to office. A campaign can’t go forth without a lot of money. Campaigns have always cost a great deal of money to fund and they have only increased from election to election. The Federal Election Campaign Act set limits on the amount of money presidential and vice-presidential candidates, as well as their families, can contribute to their own campaigns. The revenue Act of 1971 made tax credits and deductions to encourage private contributions for campaigns. Candidates definitely need the support and money of people and these two acts made it easier for them to do so. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act stopped the national party committees from raising soft money but in order to compensate it increased the limit of contributions to candidates and parties. It also restricted advocacy ads. The BRCA encouraged parties to improve their fund- raising operations. Candidates can contribute some of their own money, borrow money in the form of loans, and fundraise for money. Matching funds are where the candidates raise a certain amount of money and then the government matches what they make and gives it to them. There of course is a catch and the candidates have to abide by the individual state and overall spending limits. Federal funding is also extended to the national party committees. Most of the money
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raised goes into advertising. “Money matters most when the candidates are least known to the voters, when they do not receive a lot of news coverage, and when paid advertising, which, of course, is expensive, can bring recognition and enhance images” (Wayne 66). Voters come to elections with predetermined views and ideas. Turnout has always been relatively low but it has somewhat increased over the years. Legal constraints, registration requirements, convenience issues, low voter efficacy, education, income, occupational status, and a lack of competition all contribute to the low numbers in voter turnouts. These turnouts in turn affect how well the democratic electoral system is functioning. People tend to get their ideas from family, school, and religious areas of their life. Most people believe that it is most important to be able to identify with a political party but are unable to do so today. AS laws changed and different world events took place the proportion of strong party supporters or
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course PSCI 100 taught by Professor Kupfer during the Spring '07 term at CSU San Marcos.

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