Campaigns & Elections. POSC 121 Braunwarth. Saffell “How Voters Decide”. What are the primary factors considered by voters in their voting decision? Party Affiliation Characteristics of the Candidate Issues Is this surprising to you? Why or why not?. Two Elections.
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Efforts to regulate campaign donations have had mixed success (Campaign Finance Legal Center)
When prohibited direct donations from corporations and unions,
When limited donations to candidates (hard $),
When limited soft money,
To limit overall spending in Presidential campaigns,
Constitutional: changes the Constitution
Statutory: need only 5% (433,000)
Legislature must get public approval through initiative if:
Must get 5% signatures within 90 days to delay implementation of the law
Rarely used. Why?
Just use an initiativeCA Referendums
a. Economic Interests who have some-thing to gain or defend (businesses, trade associations, unions, etc.)
b. “Grass roots” Interests: cigarette smoking, services to illegal immigrants, nuclear safety, CA coastline, etc.