the way candidates use scarce resources to achieve the nomination or win office.
a meeting to determine which candidate delegates from a state party will support.
the use of targeted mailings to prospective supporters, usually compiled from lists of those who have contributed to candidates and parties in the past.
Federal Election Campaign Act
1974 legislation designed to regulate campaign contributions and limit campaign expenditures.
Federal Election Commission (FEC)
A bipartisan body charged with administering campaign finance laws.
states' decisions to move their presidential primaries and caucuses to earlier in the nomination season in order to capitalize on media attention.
money provided to qualifying presidential candidates from the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, the amount of which is determined by the amount of contributions raised by the candidate.
a committee in the Democratic party charged with recommending changes in party rules to promote more representation of women and minorities in the delegate selection process.
National party convention
a meeting of the delegates from each state to determine the party's nominee for president.
a proposal by critics of the caucuses and presidential primaries systems who would replace these electoral methods with a nationwide primary held early in the election year.
a party's official endorsement of a candidate for office.
the party's statement of its goals and policies for the next four years.
Political Action Committee (PAC)
a legal entity formed expressly for the purpose of contributing money to candidates and influencing electoral outcomes.
Presidential Election Campaign Fund
Money from the $3 federal income tax check-off goes into this fund, which is then distributed to qualified candidates to subsidize their presidential campaigns.
a state-level election to determine which candidate the state's delegates will support.
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.
the act of paying the most attention to things that one already agrees with or has a predisposition towards.
money raised by political parties for voter registration drives and the distribution of campaign material at the grass roots level, now banned at the national level.
delegates to the Democratic Party's national convention who obtain their seats on the basis of their positions within the party structure.
independent groups that seek to influence the political process but are not subject to contribution restrictions because they do not directly advocate the election of a particular candidate.