There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.
Chapter 2: Campaign Finance and Political Action Committees
Campaign Finance and Political Action Committees
- Contribution Limits
- Presidential Campaign Financing
- Party Expenditures
- Political Action Committees (PACs)
One of the most important aspects of election campaigns, and political activities more generally, is money: who gives it, who spends it, who regulates it, and what effect it has on election results and on policymaking. Surprisingly, a huge quantity of information is available on the subject, and easily accessible through high-quality reporting by the federal agency that regulates it. This abundance stems chiefly from the large number of elections in the United States and the effort over the last four decades to collect data about them and make those data available to the public. This serves the public interest by allowing for more disclosure of ...