Elections, Parties, and Pressure Groups
Session 8: Rising Campaign Costs
- Write the day's vocabulary words on an overhead or on the board (see Attachment A). Briefly discuss their meanings.
- Lecture and provide notes on the rising cost of campaigning for public office. Effects of rising costs include the following:
• Candidates need to conduct extensive fund-raising activities.
• Opportunities to run for public office are limited.
• Wealthy individuals who run for office have an advantage.
• Development of political action committees (PACs) is encouraged.
• Issue-oriented special interest groups have increased influence.
- Explain how the high cost of getting elected changes campaigning for public office and has led to calls for campaign finance reform:
• Rising campaign costs have led to efforts to reform campaign finance laws. Describe the terms of recent laws.
• Limits exist on the amount individuals may contribute to political candidates and campaigns.
- Ask students to look at the political cartoon (Attachment H), and explain the concern the cartoonist has with campaign costs.
- For homework, ask students to read the section in their textbooks on the Electoral College.