Social Studies - 2019-20

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;

 


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Running for political office can be very expensive.

ESSENTIALS

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).

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 16, 2018