Social Studies - 2018-19
CE.5d - Cost of Running a Political Campaign
The student will apply social science skills to understand the political process at the local, state, and national levels of government by
d) evaluating and explaining the role of campaign contributions and costs;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Running for political office can be very expensive.
Rising campaign costs
require candidates to conduct extensive fund-raising activities
limit opportunities to run for public office
give an advantage to wealthy individuals who run for office
encourage the development of political action committees (PACs) and Super PACs
give issue-oriented special-interest groups increased influence.
Campaign finance reform
Rising campaign costs have led to efforts to reform campaign finance laws.
Limits have been placed on the amount individuals may contribute to political candidates and campaigns; however, individuals, business, and unions can donate unlimited amounts to PACs and Super PACs (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission).