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  1. American Government and Politics Today Campaigns, Nominations, and Elections

  2. The Candidate • Who are they? • How do they run? • What are the eligibility criteria? • What are the typical demographics?

  3. Campaign Organizations • Campaign organizations • Keys to Success • Charisma • Smiles • Appearances • The Issues • Incumbency • Campaign Staff

  4. The 21st Century Campaign • Decline of Personalized Campaigns • Party-centered versus Candidate-centered. • Consultants and Campaign Strategies • Fundraising • Endorsements • Speaking engagements • Grass roots • Media and Advertising

  5. A Winning Strategy • Preserving the Base • The Undecided Voters • Image • Issues

  6. A Winning Strategy • The Tactics of Winning • Issues • Negative Campaigning • Bread and Butter Issues • The Unexpected

  7. Key Campaign Techniques • Television • Television and Debates • Packaging a Candidate • Professional Managers • Polling • News Media

  8. Key Campaign Techniques • Television • Television and Debates • Packaging a Candidate • Professional Managers • Polling • News Media

  9. Key Campaign Techniques • Television • Television and Debates • Packaging a Candidate • Professional Managers • Polling • News Media

  10. Presidential Campaigns • Primaries • National Convention • General Election • The Electoral College

  11. Presidential Campaigns • Primaries • National Convention • General Election • The Electoral College

  12. Presidential Campaigns • Primaries • National Convention • General Election • The Electoral College

  13. Presidential Campaigns • Primaries • National Convention • The Electoral College

  14. Conducting Elections • Casting your Ballot • Voter Fraud • Voting Eligibility Requirements

  15. Financing Campaigns • The Cost • Regulating Donations • Soft money • Foreign contributions • Disclosure Laws

  16. Federal Campaign Financing Regulation • Buckley v. Valeo • Public Financing • Spending limits • Disclosures • Federal Election Commission

  17. The Actual Cost of Campaigns • Congressional races • Senate races • Governor races

  18. Funding Sources • Political Action Committees • People • Wealthy • Fundraisers

  19. PAC Contributions to Congressional Candidates 1986-2004

  20. Voter Turnout • Traditionally low

  21. Factors that Influence Turnout • Age. • Education • Minority status • Income • Party competition

  22. Questions??