Popular in Congress and American Politics
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Date Created: 10/08/15
09052014 Characteristics of congressmen Charismatic Outgoing Good sales man persuasive Good back story Name recognition is extremely important 0 Sometimes women would run after their husbands had died because they had the same name 0 Lot of funeral directors run for congress and win 0 Get to meet the community at a time when they are most vulnerable Members can come from any walk of life but having name recognition will do a lot House members learn by being thrown into the deep end but they have very little background in it 0 Very few political scientists that are in congress Someone who projects a leadership characteristic is very attractive to voters 0 But then you have 435 leaders and no followers Fundraising ability 0 Look to local party organization see if they have a preferred candidate for office and see if you can make yourself the preferred candidate 90 of house members who wanted to be reelected were 0 the easiest time to run for congress is when there is a vacancy a resignment retirement or death 0 many states choose their candidates through a primary some states have party caucuses money has become ever more a reality in American campaigns 0 irony that more money is spent on campaigns but less under the direct control of the candidate 2 pools of money 0 what the candidate can raise themselves individual contributions from the district political action committees national party contributions and self nancing 0 buying political ads the care and feeding of the candidate hiring a staff tend to be young and under paid volunteers buckley vs valejo cannot limit how much money a candidate can raise because it is an example of free speech 0 though they could cap how much each individual could give citizens united 0 an outside expenditure isn t capped and thus cannot be regulated so long as they are not speci cally telling someone how to vote 0 cant be coordinated with the campaign 0 most of these groups are organizing in such a fashion that unless the people donating money want to disclose it there is no record Good with people Stamina
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