Assignment 2 It May Not Work in Politics.docx

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present or former candidate to fulfill a commitment, obligation or expense of any person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or duties as a Federal officeholder.” (§ 113.1 Definitions (52 U.S.C. 30114)., n.d.) Even though Representative Stutzman had a few in-person campaign meetings, I believe the main purpose of the trip to California was for personal use. The trip started out being about the campaign but turned into his family’s vacation. The OCE report states that Mrs. Stutzman posted a picture on social media of her children where she used the word “vacation” in the caption. The FEC regulations states that there are certain campaign funds that could be used to pay for certain expenses. However, prohibits improper personal use includes use of campaign funds for a “vacation. (OCE, 2016) A second reason I believe this trip was personal use is because it seems that Rep. Stutzman tried to cover his tracks by calling Mr. Landon, someone he had lunch with who picked up the tab, one year after it took place to ask whether it was a contribution or not. The OCE report says Mr. Landon had not intended his picking up the tab for the lunch to be a contribution but that of a nice gesture. I feel this type of behavior is frowned upon and it is considered taking advantage of position and using it for personal satisfaction.
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Running Header: It May Not Work in Politics 4 Third Party Candidates In United States politics, Republicans or Democrats are popular political parties that we always hear about. Most of the time the third party or independent party always gets overlooked. Third-party Candidates are those who are not apart of the republican or democrat party. (Third Party Candidate Law and Legal Definition, n.d.) There has never been an election won by a third-party candidate but from time to time there is one that influences an election based off their views or causes they support. Popularity has some part in presidential elections, it seems that voters only look to third-party candidates when the main republican or democrat candidate is not ideal. For instance, with the most recent election, lots of voters didn’t want to vote Trump or Clinton, this is where things could go in the favor of the third-party candidate. When it comes to why third-party candidates aren’t winning elections, Robert Shapiro, a political scientist at Columbia University, says “It has less to do with the characteristics of the individual candidate,
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