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


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Republican Super PACs Dominate Early Ad Spending

An article posted on Time.com yesterday looks at early ad spending here. Republicans have outspent the Dems by a significant margin, and Bush's "Right to Rise" superPAC aired about 45% (around 5300) of the ads in October (the "heaviest advertising month yet during the 2016 presidential campaign").

What's interesting:
"Only a small fraction of the ads run by outside groups backing one presidential candidate or another have been negative. Voters may not even notice that the sponsor of an ad touting a particular candidate isn’t the campaign itself.

Are Republican superPACs afraid to run attack ads because of what happened in 2012? Or will the ads take on a more aggressive tone closer to the Iowa caucuses?

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