Poli Sci Mar 27 - Lecture 3/27 Money independent...

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Lecture 3/27 Money: independent expenditure Money that is not contributed directly to candidates; unlimited in amount, two types: Advertising about issues: “issue advocacy.” It is unlimited and spending does not have to be reported. It can use corporate or union money. “Electioneering”: any broadcast advertisements that mention a federal candidate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election must rely on hard money (no corporate or union money, there has to be a separate fund). Do contributions buy votes, friends, influence? Both sides agree that money helps you get access to politicians First argument: No, money does not buy votes -Money comes from many PAC's on different sides of every issue. They effectively cancel. -Money is a reward for voting a certain way, it is not a bribe -Most incumbents have more than enough campaign money. Any one PAC can't make a huge difference -Studies find weak connections between contributions and specific votes Second argument: Yes, money does buy votes
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course POLI SCI 104 taught by Professor Professor during the Spring '05 term at University of Wisconsin.

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Poli Sci Mar 27 - Lecture 3/27 Money independent...

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