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1. Candidates use technology to get the word out about their campaigns and to raise money. E-mail and the internet have helped candidates get money from their supporters. Media, such as television stations and internet sites, offer “free” coverage to politicians. Technology has, in my opinion, enhanced the democratic process because since everyone nowadays is so involved with technology, they are more often exposed to the candidates and their platforms; however, since it is served to them on TV they do not take the time to research the facts and are more gullible.
2. Through momentum, money, and media attention. They usually have to do well at the caucuses and primaries. National party conventions help get the party organized and motivated. The party platform is presented to the public and official nominations and speeches are given. Some believe that too much attention is given to the early voters in the primaries such as caucuses. Politicians feel that it is also difficult to make time to run and money—and the media— are too important. The number of people who participate in caucuses and primaries is low and doesn’t represent the people.
3. Important elements of a good campaign are getting a campaign manager, getting a fundraiser and fundraising counsel, hiring media and campaign consultants, assembling a staff to plan logistics, getting a research staff, policy advisors, and pollsters, establishing a website and getting a good press secretary. Campaigns reinforce by repetition and gain attention through a lot of activity. However, many voters have a selective perception and pay attention only to the thing they agree with; party identification has an effect on them as well.
4. Money contributions are used for party-building expenses or generic party advertising. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1974 created the Federal Election Committee to administer campaign finance laws for federal elections. Also, the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 banned soft money contributions and increased the amount each individual can contribute. Political Action Committees were created in 1974 to allow corporations, labor unions, and others to donate money to campaigns.
5. Political Action Committees donate over $250 million to candidates and do not stick to one party; however, it is suggested that they “buy” candidates and with bribes get them to vote for their issues and press for them.
6. Soft money is contributions, with no limits, used for party-building expenses or generic party advertising.