Monday, August 4, 2014

Family & Friends Super PAC

First off if you want a definition of a Super PAC that your students will enjoy, look no further than Stephen Colbert (wow I will miss him in my government class) for that.

Today the NYTimes has a great article bemoaning the fact that many Super PACs are just cash machines for family members of candidates so they can write checks for their relatives.   All of this is possible because of the Citizens United v. FEC case.

If you want to think of ways how to use this in the classroom here is what my students do with campaigns and interest groups.  It is a very practical assignment where kids have to find candidates and look up spending amounts, PAC donations, editorials, advertisements, etc. 

1 comment:

Michelle Sammartino said...

Fabulous...thanks from a longtime AP Gov teacher from Florida.