the offical endorsement of a candidate for office by a political party
the master game plan candidates lay out guide their electoral campign
national party convention
the supreme power within each of the parties. their convention meets every four years to nominate the partys presidental and vice presidental candidates
a eeting of all state party leaders for selecting delegates to the national party convention. organized into pyrimads
elections in which voters in a state vote for a candidate. most delegates to the national party conventions are chose this way
a commission formed in 1968 democratic convention in reponse to demands for reform by minortiy groups and others who sought better representation
national arty leaders who automatically get delegates slot at the democratic national party convention
the recent tendency of states to hold primares early in the calendar in order to capitize on media attention
a proposal by critics of hte cauceses and presidential primaries which who would replace these electoral methods with a nationwide primary held early in the election year
A proposal by critics of the caucuses and presidential primaries to replace these electoral methods with a series of primaries held in each geographic region.
A political party's statement of its goals and policies for the next four years. it is drafted prior to the party convention by a committee whose members are chosen in rough proportion to each candidate's strength. It is the best formal statement of a party's beliefs.
A high-tech method of raising money for a political cause or candidate. It involves sending information and requests for money to people whose names appear on lists of those who have supported similar views or candidates in the past.
federal election campaign act
law passed in 1974 for reforming campaign finances. The act created the Federal Election Commission (FEC), provided public financing for presidential primaries and general elections, limited presidential campaign spending, required disclosure, and attempted to limit contributions.
federal election commission
a six member bipartisan agency created by the federal election campaign act of 1974. The FEC administers the campaign finance laws and enforces compliance with their requirements
political contributions made in such a way as to avoid the United States regulations for federal election campaigns (as by contributions to a political action committee)
political action committees
Funding vehicles created by the 1974 campaign finance reforms. A corporation, union, or some other interest group can create a political action committee (PAC) and register it with the Federal Election Commission, which will meticulously monitor the PAC's expenditures.
the phenomenon that people often pay the most attention to things they already agree with and interpret them according to their own predispositions