I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Friday, March 7, 2008

Democratic Party Sponsorship

As we discussed in class campaign finance restrictions do not apply to party activities, such as the convention. Another example of a "party activity" is holding a primary or caucus. With the possibility of new primaries or caucuses for Florida and Michigan and no one willing to pay for them Ben Smith reports on an interesting scenario here:
One Florida official on Wednesday, noting that campaign finance regulations are flexible as to financing party activities such as primaries, offered, only half in jest, a novel suggestion: Corporate sponsorship. "We could have the Tropicana Primary or the Miami Dolphins Primary," the official said.

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