Prompt: How does big money influence electoral outcomes and policy? Is big money

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Prompt: How does big money
influence electoral outcomes and policy? Is big money in politics a threat to
democracy and majority rule?
Topics
§ Campaign
Finance Law—Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
§ PACs
§ Super
PACS, Independent Expenditure Groups, Dark Money
§ Interest
Groups
§ Lobbying,
grass roots and astro turf
Instructions: Please write a three-page paper with
one additional page devoted to works cited.
Please use parenthetical citations in the body of your paper and
complete citations on your works cited paper. I will take 3 points off your
paper if you do not have a works cited page or do not do your citations
properly. Please note that the first question of the prompt requires
information on the topics listed above. The second question requires you to do
your own thinking. You will have to determine whether you think big money is a
threat to democracy and why it is a threat. You may want to go back to the
power point Foundations II: Democracy and Liberalism. You will be evaluated on
the strength of your argument and your ability to think critically.
Parenthetical citation (Evers-Hillstom 2020) (Hacker and
Pierson 2020, 66)
Complete citation:
·
Evers-Hillstrom, Karl
2020 (Jan. 21). “More money, less transparency: A decade
under Citizens United.” Open
Secrets.
·
Hacker, Jacob S. and Paul Pierson. 2020. Let
Them Eat Tweets. New York: Liveright Publishing Company
Required Reading
On Big
Money and Politics
·
Hacker, Jacob S. and Paul Pierson. 2020. Let
Them Eat Tweets. New York: Liveright Publishing Company. Reading will be available on Monday and posted on
blackboard.
·
Evers-Hillstrom, Karl 2020 (Jan. 21). More
money, less transparency: A decade under Citizens United. Open Secrets
·
We the People, Chapter 10, Section on Money
and Politics
Center for Responsive Politics/Opensecrets.org,
Money-in-Politics Timeline
https://www.opensecrets.org/resources/learn/timeline. Not required but helpful
On
Lobbying and Interest Groups
·
We the People, Chapter 11, Interest Groups
Hiroko Tabuchi. 2020 (Nov. 11) “How One Firm
Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil.” New York Times (Blackboard)
Dan Auble. 2021 (Feb. 25) “Capitalizing on
Conflict: How Defense Contractors and foreign Nations Lobby for Arms
Sales.” OpenSecrets.
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/reports/capitalizing-on-conflict

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