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14 Cards in this Set

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Trips by members of Congress to desirable locations with expenses paid by lobbyists
moter voter law
allows people to register to vote at public offices such as welfare offices and drivers' liecense bureaus
permanent campaign
the situation in which elected officials are constantly engaged in a campaign; fund-raising for the next election begins as soon as one election is concluded
progressive reforms
election reforms introduced in the early twentieth century as part of the Progressive movement; included the secert ballot, primary elections, and voter registration laws
retrospective voting
voting for or against incumbents on the basis of their past performance
conflict of interest
the situation when government officials make decisions that directly affect their own personal liveihoods or interest
Voting Rights Act (VRA)
a law passed by congress in 1965 that made it illegal to interfere with anyone's right to vote
Electoral College
Athe electors officially elect the president and vice president
politcal action committee (PAC)
a committee established by corporation, labor union, or interest group that raises money and contributes it to a political campaign
soft money
contributions to national party committees that do not have to be reported to the federal government b/c they are used for voter registration drives, educating voters on the issues, rather than for a piticular candidate
influence peddling
using one's access to powerful people to make money
a term used in the media to refer to a president having clear directions from the voters to take a certain course of actoin
Teapot Dome Scandal
a 1921 scandal in which President Warren Harding's secertary received large contributions from corporations that were then allowed to lease oil reserves (one called the Teapot Dome) led to the federal Corrupt Practices Act of 1925, reporting of campaign contributions and espenditures
presidential primaries
voters select delegates to preesidential nominating conventions; voters indicate a preference for a presidential candidate