SS236-4: Explain how outside interests shape U.S. government.
GEL-4.06: Critically analyze the dynamics of human relationships.
Public Policy, the News Media, and Outside Interests
“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”
– James Madison
Open your physical or email mailbox during a campaign year and you may find hundreds of unsolicited, political handbills funded by individual campaigns, Political Action Committees (PACs), and Super Political Action Committees (SPACs). Handbills may include endorsements and/or condemnation from interest groups, public policy concerns, and snippets of news coverage favorable and/or unfavorable to a candidate and/or office holder. Handbills may also contain information about a persons voting record and their public policy concerns.
As you can imagine, creating a favorable handbill that fully articulates the strength of the candidates character, public policy concerns, and endorsements takes a bit of research and finesse. In this assignment, you are going to give this kind of work a try.
Following are some suggested resources for creating your handbill:
website on political parties in the United States.
. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.opensecrets.org/.
Candidates official website, which you can find by googling the candidates name + official website.
Local, State, and National News Media.
website about candidates and elected officials political positions.
website on public opinion polling and data-driven political research.
website database on candidates and elected officials.
Directions: Select a recent candidate or officeholder at the federal level that you considered supporting with your vote. Craft a handbill that advocates your persons candidacy. Include the following:
Does this persons moral and professional capacity make this individual capable of serving we the people ethically and well?
Does the person align well with the political party?
Does the person have a political party endorsement?
Select two specific examples of public policy that your person advocates from the following fields:
An example of economic policy is U.S. budget deficit spending.
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