Political Parties, SIGs, & Mass Media

III .  Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media 10–20%
A .  Political parties and elections
1 . Functions
2 . Organization
3 . Development
4 . Effects on the political process
5 . Electoral laws and system
B .  Interest groups, including political action committees (PACs)
1 . The range of interests represented
2 . The activities of interest groups
3 . The effects of interest groups on the political process
4 . The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process
C .  The mass media
1 . The functions and structures of the news media
2 . The impacts of the news media on politics
3 . The news media industry and its consequences


Unit Documents


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Campaign Finance

Koch Brothers

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Campaigns & Elections

Games

Jargon

  • Campaign Finance – 527, 501c, Bundle, BCRA/McCain Feingold, Buckley v. Valeo (1976), Citizens United v. FEC (2010), hard money, Matching/Public Funding, PAC, Super PAC, soft money
  • Elections – ballot, caucus, closed primary, coat tails, constituency, direct primary, electorate, front runner, general election, incumbent, mid term/off year election, Motor Voter Law, open primary, partisanship, plank, platform, primary election, winner-take-all

Links

Organizations

Political Parties

Reapportionment/Redistricting

Satire

SIGs

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