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Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and in Washington by Paul Herrnson 5 th ed. (Washington DC: CQ Press, 2008) Assignment: Read or re-read these four chapters. Take notes of key points in your own words. (Use this template. One sentence minimum under each subheading and table.) Save file as: YOURNAME_Herrnson.doc. CHAPTER 4. THE PARTIES CAMPAIGN 87 National Agenda Setting 1 Party leaders focus on issues that voters associate positively with the party or negative with the other party. 2 Since the early 80s, both parties have come up with issues handbooks for congressional candidates. It focuses on the national issues and how to use party ideas to address the conserns of constituents. Figure 4-1 Most Important Issues in Congressional Voting Decisions in 2006 1 Most important issue was the War in Iraq followed by curruption in government 2 Least important was Education Figure 4-2 Partisan Advantage in Congressional Voting Decisions in 2006 1 Democrats had the advantage on the "Blue Collar Issues" -Corruption in Gov't, health care, war in Iraq, enviornment, Social Security & 2 republicans had the advantage on Moral values, Immigration, taxes and terrorism and national security (descending order) 88 90 91 The National, Congressional, and Senatorial Campaign Committees 1 The Democratic national Committee and Republican national Committee focus most of their efforts on the presidential election 2 They also set to seek the campaign agenda and strengthern party organizations 3 National Parties in Congressional elections - conduct candidate training seminars, furnishing candidates with party platforms, coordinating federal and local party campaign committees for the mobilization of voters 4 Assistance provoded by the national committees is usually coming from a congressional or senatoral campaign committee (aka Hill Committee) or distributed in coordination with one such orginization 5 Quotas (sometimes referred to as dues) are set for incumbants by congressional party leaders 6 Member contributions to party commitees require the redistribution of money from those politicians who can raise it to the candidates that need it 7 Campaign contributions build political alliances and can advance the careers and legislative goals of the politicians that donate One popuar method of donating money idirectly to a campaig is to create a joint fundraising committee 8 Independant funds must be raised without the knowledge or consent of the candidate by law so they set up seperate organizations for indpendant expenditures. 90 Strategy, Decision Making, and Targeting 1 Transactional assistance - help given by Hill committees to candidates that enables them to raise money and other resources that are necessary to conduct a congressional campaign 2 A major priority is to protect incumbants in trouble 3 Candidates get resources based on national political and economic conditions (it helps to have a popular
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