The battle between candidates to get as much advertising on TV, radio and internet as possible. The competition to get the candidates messages out is what is driving the fierce ‘money race’. According to the Federal Election Commission, this election will likely be the most expensive ever, with a total of about $11 billion in spending by the both campaigns combined.
An elected official recognizes that his or her power has waned after being defeated for re-election, deciding not to run again, and/or because the term limits prevent the official from running again. The phrase was coined because the lame duck is weak and can’t keep up with the rest of the flock.
Political action committees (PACs) are private groups that are allowed to donate up to $5,000 to support a political candidate. A super PAC can pool unlimited donations from individuals, unions and corporations to advocate for a candidate as long as it doesn’t coordinate with the candidate’s campaign staff. Super PAC’s ‘grew’ out of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. It said that under the First Amendment, corporations and unions have the same free speech rights as individuals, and so the government can’t restrict the money they spend to support political candidates. Critics say super PACs give wealthy groups and donors too much influence. Given the basis by which legislators justify corporations hand in politics, ALL CITIZENS need to be very aware of agendas to create rights for corporations to run rogue within the confines of economic function within global markets.
Big Business continues to OCCUPY us rather than vice versa.
Based on recent history there are approximately forty states that vote (party wise) consistently. Leaving approximately ten states that DO NOT vote with allegiance to one party over the other. These PURPLE states are the states that are considered the ‘battleground states’. They are neither red nor blue. These ten states are most likely to decide the entire election. The candidates will likely focus alot of advertising attention in these states.
A grassroots political movement that formed in 2009 and favors small government versus large intercessory govern. They’ve exerted a lot of influence on the Republican Party, pressuring candidates and Republicans in Congress not to compromise with President Obama and the Democrats on spending and tax issues. Tea Partiers are unlikely to vote for President Obama. Romney’s will have to convince this movement that he is conservative enough, without alienating the more-moderate swing voters he needs to win the election.