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Apr 16th, 2015
Social Science
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From the development of not one, but many 24/7 basic cable news channels, to the phenomenal growth of politically charged internet websites, the development of today’s modern, mass media has profoundly affected American politics.

Using at least two specific examples, address the influence of America’s modern, mass media on campaigns and elections.

Does media influence help or hinder our representational, democratic government? Defend your answer.


Hello’ Prof and Classmates

Since media has been around they have loved to help and hinder candidates by building them up and watching them fall like with the Hillary Clinton email controversy the news networks waited for months to see if she was going to run for president and now that she has announced her candidacy all the major news networks even the ones that are supposed to back the Democrats love to seek controversy within their own party to make news by trying to discredit that candidate in the eyes of the America public. But some candidate do get lucky and have the support of the media like President Bill Clinton no matter how he ran his administration he always had the support of the media because they love politicians who are confident and stand strong for what they believe in and know how to handle the media to the point the candidate is letting the news networks know what they can and cannot run about their campaign.

Reference: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/unanswered-questioned-hillary-clinton-emails  


Hello everyone
 The media loves to make sure they get everyone’s business out there for the world to see and make sure they can make it look as horrible as possible or at very least blow it way out of proportion. It’s all about ratings for them not the person on the videos or in the photos. 

Look at Rob Ford Toronto Mayor they were all over his sloppy mess from his weight to his drug issues.


Bill Clinton is a good one to look at and say WTH even goes on up there? they made sure that was all over the news however it seems his mistress got the worst of it and his wife speaks of being so for woman's rights and so on and so forth yet she stayed with her husband after all of this in the news for so long ? This was just a mess this was very big in mass media for that generation to be seeing their president and the first lady plastered all over the news. 


Campaign Financing (Topic 2)

According to federal finance laws, individual contributions to federal candidates are capped at predetermined amounts.

An example: you can contribute $2,500 to a Congressional candidate for each primary, runoff, and general election. (http://www.fec.gov/)

In contrast, an individual (you) can contribute unlimited amounts of funds towards a Political Action Committee (PAC).

According to the Federal Election Commission,

“The term "political action committee" (PAC) refers to two distinct types of political committees registered with the FEC: separate segregated funds (SSFs) and non-connected committees. Basically, SSFs are political committees established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership organizations or trade associations. These committees can only solicit contributions from individuals associated with connected or sponsoring organization. By contrast, non-connected committees--as their name suggests--are not sponsored by or connected to any of the aforementioned entities and are free to solicit contributions from the general public.”

Using at least two specific examples, address the influence of political action committees on campaigns and elections.

Do political action committees help or hinder our democracy? Defend your answer.


Hello’ Prof and Classmates

Political Action Committee (PAC) they help candidates the more money they rise the greater chance they have of winning because all of the money that is raised by super (PACs) helps that candidates campaign spread its message to the voters and it also help to run ads on TV discrediting their opponents views. Statistics show in the last four Presidential elections that the candidate that raised the most money won the election and went on to become President and then turned around and raised more money for their reelection to win a second term. This shows that money does play a big factor in politics and after all the mud sling stops the voter has to look upon one of this candidates and trust them with leading our country in the right direction but this is hard to do when the candidate that won has special interest groups that helped found their campaign coming around asking for favors that could hurt the economy economically.

Reference: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/11/money-wins-white-house-and/


Political action committees have a huge impact on campaigns and elections. Most PACs give their money to incumbents, because that is where they will see the best return on their investment. There is about a 90% reelection rate for incumbents that PACs have donated to. With this kind of reelection rate PACs are going to continue to donate to incumbents that vote on issues the way that benefits them (OpenSecrets.org 2012)

Political action committees hurt our democracy. It is unfortunate that money can be the sole factor in determining who wins an election, but that is more often than not the case. They should make PAC illegal, and punish them as if they were no different than anyone else committing bribery. How can a nation pass laws that are beneficial to that nation when the people who are voting on those laws are able to be basically bought into office? 

OpenSecrets.org (2102). PAC Dollars to Incumbents, Challengers, and Open Seat Candidates. Retrieved from https://www.opensecrets.org/bigpicture/pac2cands.php?cycle=2012

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