Starter: In 2016, what was the chance that a self-funded candidate in a federal race (candidates who put at least $500,000 into their runs) won their campaign?
1.How accurate was your prediction?
2.How surprised are you by this information?
3.Is this good news?
4.What is the big story this data tells?
5.Why do you think that is?
6.What is one consequence of politicians self-funding their own campaigns?
7.Do you think that self-funding is good for democracy?
8.What would Thomas Jefferson (Anti-federalist) and Alexander Hamilton (Federalist) say about self-funded campaigns?
9.Are you surprised that Trump self-funded about 20% of his campaign?
10.Are you surprised that Hillary Clinton funded over $1.5 million of her campaign?
11.Had Trump not self funded over $60 million of his run do you think he would have won?
12.Why do you think that almost 88% of self-funders lost election, but Donald Trump won his?
13.In the future do you think there will be more self-funded elections?
14.All the 6 self-funded campaigns that won in 2016 were first-time campaigners. Why do you think that is?
Major Interest Groups
Let's become familiar with a few of the most influential interest groups in the United States here!
Word of the Day: litigant
- Define it
- Provide an example
- When we go to court, who are the litigants?
- Why might an interest group initiate litigation?
Types and Characteristics of Interest Groups
The most influential interest groups have many characteristics that allow them to be successful, but it may not be exactly what you expect. Click here to explore what makes advocacy groups so influential and find examples of different types of groups that demonstrate these characteristics.
Interest Group Research
Alone or with one partner, find an interest group related to a cause that feel strongly about. Complete the accompanying chart online or on paper and submit for a classwork grade.
Closer: Design the best and worst interest group you can think of. What characteristics would make it influential/useless (consider what its cause would be along with its membership, intensity, and financial resources)?
- Make a claim here!
- Support your claim with TWO pieces of accurate and relevant information.
- Use reasoning to explain why your evidence supports your claim.
- Respond to an opposing or alternative perspective.