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Questions tagged [campaigning]

Questions related to the process of working in an organized and active way towards a goal from a political standpoint (an example could be a politician campaigning to run for office).

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Have any third parties used Maine or Arizona's public financing in their campaigns?

I cannot find evidence for a third party using the public financing option for either state. I can see nothing preventing it and assume they have at some point. Specifically I'm referring to the $5 ...
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Local campaign norms?

Given a local campaign, say for city council, I have the following questions: Albeit a rough estimate, how soon should a local candidate begin publicly campaigning? How many days per week does the ...
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Are there any anti-misinformation regulations for political campaigns?

Is there any country in the world that restricts the use of false information in (at-least publicly funded) political campaigns? I'm not really thinking of countries where the dominant party bans bad ...
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Did European Union officials decide not to influence Brexit campaign?

European Union leaders have just approved an agreement on Britain's departure. I have just caught a glimpse on the news - a political analyst arguing about the agreement said that European Union ...
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Who pays for the President's campaign trips?

Not specific to any one president or party but using Trump as the most recent example. Trump has been on the road for weeks campaigning for the Republican Party midterm elections. I've searched ...
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Has this campaign strategy been tried anywhere before?

I was thinking of a localized direct/representative democracy hybrid, in which a local politician (thinking US House Rep for reference as the best balance of reach and scope here) holds a "referendum ...
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Dem anti-Kavanaugh strategy: why focus on sexual assault allegations, as opposed to a blend of issues? [closed]

The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized. ...
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Have any studies been performed which show that campaigning for or being appointed to an office of public trust leads to criminal activity?

Consider List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes while in general persons who have been convicted of a crime are ...
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Do Republicans spend more on advertising while Democrats do more canvassing?

Recently I was chatting with a leader in one of my local political parties. They said something interesting that I hadn't heard before: Democrats and Republicans campaign differently. We (Democrats)...
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Does the Trump tower meeting differ from standard opposition research?

As events of the Trump tower meeting unfold, President Trump has repeatedly cast the meeting in the light of a typical attempt at opposition research. Previously he has said: "I think from a ...
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Is there any recent US campaign that contradicts “all politics is local” conjecture?

I have watched this TED presentation that argues about global issues: (..) you might be thinking to yourself, how can we possibly persuade world leaders to sustain a focus on global issues? ...
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Is there an online resource for latest US presidential campaigns highlights?

I am interested in the highlights (e.g. platform main ideas, slogans) of the latest (5-6) US presidential campaigns. For example, for the 2016 US presidential campaign the information should look ...
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Was there any US political campaign that included Gini index improvement?

This CIA online article tells us a little about the Gini index: Distribution of family income - Gini index measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. The ...
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If I were to lose an election for federal office, what can I do with my leftover campaign money?

Suppose I'm running for some federal-level position in the United States. Along the way, I'm raising campaign funding for all of the usual reasons. Then the election comes, but I lose. I still have ...
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Is basic information of contracts between political parties and private companies public information?

This article argues about possible connection between Cambridge Analytica and the main Romanian party in power: Rupert Wolfe Murray, a British consultant, says that Cambridge Analytica, through ...
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What parts of UK local election campaign literature sway votes?

At the latest local election in England, my school friend ran for office and failed to be elected. Because I've dabbled in marketing, he showed me the leaflet he posted through doors for feedback. I ...
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In U.S. local politics, what is the relationship between a campaign and a party?

The U.S. uses a weak party system: candidates can run under a party's name with little or no support or recognition from that party. In an organizational sense, how does a local political party ...
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What happens if it is proved that “vote leave” campaign broke campaigning laws?

This Guardian article argues about connections between Cambridge Analytica and Brexit referendum. There is a paragraph that tells us about some restrictions related to how information and money can ...
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What type of corruption did Trump campaign against?

In conversation with a young person recently, I mentioned that Washington, DC, had a lot of corruption when I lived there, e.g. if you couldn't get a building permit on the up and up, you could get ...
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What did the 2012 Obama campaign election app ask of its users vs. what did it actually do?

What I mean is, if I downloaded the app: What information did the app ask of me? What did the app want me to do? What did I knowingly agree to, that the app will do? I don't seem to find a lot of ...
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What is the significance of the people standing behind the speaker?

I've always wondered about why there sometimes a crowd is visible behind a public speaker such as a politician. It seems to be a predominantly American thing, especially noticeable during campaign ...
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In the United States, how are Presidential campaigns organized?

What does the organizational structure of a U.S. presidential campaign typically look like? Are there certain positions or officers that typically exist? Are there common "departments"? How do these ...
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Have there been any studies that show that advertising for an election has an effect on who wins?

Have there been any scientific studies that show whether or not spending money on advertising and campaigning has an effect on the outcome of an election? I can think of several elections where the ...
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What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK?

What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK? I am considering running as an MP in my home town in the next election (2022) as a Conservative candidate. I am a ...
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Who pays for “campaign rallies,” nearly 4 years out?

A number of President Trump's recent appearances around the country have been described as "campaign rallies." (Police use tear gas..., Trump, on Long Island,..., Trump threatens shutdown...) Though, ...
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What is the evidence for the Trump/Russia investigation?

I'm pretty confused about the whole thing. All I've really heard about it is people's insistence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to sway the 2016 presidential election. I'...
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Are there countries where politicians are bound by their campaign promises?

Voters commonly complain that politicians promise one thing before the election and then turn around and forget about their promise right after the election. It is possible for voters to avoid voting-...
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Other US President's that speedily bomb an adversary after saying they would on their election campaign trail

The Question Have there ever been any other past US Presidents that said they'd take a very strong military action against an adversary like bombing or invading or whatever and actually take that ...
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Would it be legal for private citizens to send postcards on behalf of candidate for office in United States?

As a private citizen without affiliation to any political entity, is it legally permissible for me to send postcards endorsing a candidate for office to addresses in the United States?
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Why are political funding sources not contained within a public institution

I am asking about the United States, but this could apply to any democratic country as well. Coming from academic biological sciences, much of our finding comes from institutions like the NIH/DOD/NSF ...
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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

In March 2017, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared that the Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was not welcome to campaign among eligible Turkish voters in The Netherlands for a yes vote in ...
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Have there been precedents of presidential campaigns communicating with foreign governments during the election campaign?

It's reported this week that "Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during [the presidential] campaign". In the CNN article linked above, it states that it's not unusual ...
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How often do politicians pay extras to act the part of cheering crowds?

The Hollywood Reporter (6/17/15) noted that a politician's campaign paid a crowd of extras $50 a head to cheer him during a campaign event. How often are acting extras employed by politicians in such ...
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Correlation between divisory campaigning by mainstream parties and racial/political aggressions?

In reviewing the fallout of the Brexit referendum, one of the results appears to be an extreme increase in the number of racist/political based attacks and incidents. Of course, this has left me ...
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How tightly can a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) operate as the same organization?

For example, 350.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (according to its footer, bottom right) but signing up for its e-mail list or otherwise supporting it means a person would also wind up ...
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Why can the President campaign for a candidate? [duplicate]

Why is the President allowed to campaign for a candidate? Are there any restrictions to this?
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Is Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his campaign?

As most know, Trump has been making a significant deal out of the Clinton email issue, with a resurgence on the topic occurring recently due to certain comments from the FBI investigator. Is there ...
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What if campaign money was used to fund government programs?

I was reading that billions of dollars are raised/spent during US political campaigns (president, senate, etc). I'm no expert in how this all works, but it seems to me that this money is used solely ...
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What timezone is the united-states FEC donation deadline measured in?

The United-states FEC deadline for election fund-raising deadlines in 2016 is midnight 10/19/2016. What timezone is this measured in? Eastern midnight? Pacific midnight? Is it the time zone of the ...
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How can I get more involved in the campaign?

I signed up to volunteer for the campaign of my candidate of choice but have not received any information on what to do next. I want to be one of the "making phone calls" type volunteers. What is the ...
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What is Donald Trump's plan surrounding the US-Mexico border wall?

Has Donald Trump laid out a plan for the Mexico border wall or ever talked about it with more detail to clarify what his ultimate plan and goal may be to build a wall? Can anyone think of any reason ...
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What does the POTUS do, exactly?

It seems that the main avenues available to the President of the United States (POTUS) to exercise his will are: Vetoing bills Hiring and firing top employees in federal government Appointing supreme ...
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Is it allowed for president of the USA (or Minister or some other higher level government member) to participate in election campaign?

At the moment the president election campaign in the US is in the full swing. As a foreign national I am a bit surprised that current US president (Obama) seem to actively participate in agitation. ...
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“False advertising” in political campaigns?

Are there any laws or precedents for factually incorrect claims made during an election campaign by politicians / reporters? Could a party or individual be fined or imprisoned, or the vote voided? I'...
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What's the explanation behind Obama's joke about Bernie Sanders?

I am French and not well-informed on everything happening with the US election. Hence my puzzled state when hearing the joke Obama made about Bernie Sanders: You look like a million bucks. Or, to ...
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I'm Jesse Talavera-Greenberg, and I approve of this message

I'm Jesse Talavera-Greenberg, and I approve of this message. If I were running for US president, would I have to say that in my televised campaign ads? If so, why?
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What will Bernie Sanders have to do to get the Democratic nomination?

Michigan turned out pretty well for Bernie, but the same can't be said of this past Super Tuesday. I would think that his fate wouldn't be sealed yet, but I have no idea how the delegate system ...
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Has a presidential candidate ever lost his home state and went on to win the presidential election?

I have been watching the new season of House of Cards. At one point, It got me thinking, has a candidate ever lost his home state and then went on to win his party's primaries and eventually become ...
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Do hate group endorsements help or hurt candidates?

Suppose a group espouses a philosophy which is disagreeable to a very large majority of a voting population.* Suppose that group or its leader endorses Candidate A. Suppose Candidate A says s/he ...
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Why are big tech companies Bernie Sanders' top donors?

Among Bernie Sanders' top donor there are a lot of big tech companies (most of them based on Silicon Valley, California), namely: Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Facebook. This ...