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Campaign Finance

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Campaign Finance


Content Source:

Khan Academy
Type: Audio/Video


This is an introduction video to campaign finance in the United States from Khan Academy.  This video can be used to introduce a lesson on campaign finance.  The video is 8 minutes and 40 seconds in length.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 12
United States Government
8 ) Describe functions and the development of special interest groups and campaign contributions by political action committees and their impact on state and national elections. (Alabama)

•  Analyzing rulings by the United States Supreme Court, including Buckley versus Valeo, regarding campaign financing to determine the effect on the election process
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Government
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Explain how contributions of PACs and other special interest groups impact state and national elections.
  • Analyze how campaign spending and finance practices have evolved over time in response to key laws and Supreme Court decisions.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • political action committee (PAC)
  • Buckley v. Valeo
  • Citizens United v. Federal Election
  • Commission (italicize)
  • Federal Election Commission
  • contribution limit
  • hard money
  • soft money
  • Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971
  • public financing
  • special interest group
Students know:
  • How special interest groups impact state and national elections through various means, such as endorsements and political advertising.
  • Key Supreme Court decisions and laws that frame the current campaign spending and finance practices.
Students are able to:
  • Analyze an excerpt of a Supreme Court decision and identify their constitutional reasoning in reaching their decision.
  • Analyze table or chart of contributions or expenditures to demonstrate how money is distributed amongst candidates, their outcome on the election process, or trends over time.
Students understand that:
  • The historical issue of campaign spending and finance, as well as Supreme Court decisions and Federal law, shape the current practices of special interest groups in their efforts to impact state and national elections.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.USG.AAS.12.8- Understand that candidates for public office are often supported by groups of people called "special-interest groups" and "political action committees."

Tags: campaign funding, political action committee
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Author: Ginger Boyd