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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How legal are Trump's unsubstantiated claims in this Campaign email? [closed]

Background I'm asking this question b/c I'm curious if spending $10k to run an ad campaign slandering the character of my district judge could get me out of a traffic violation. Question I received ...
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Is it illegal to pay someone to endorse a political candidate? [duplicate]

If the DNC paid money to Taylor Swift, Usher, or Patrick Mahomes to shout "I'm voting for Biden!" during the Superbowl, would that be illegal/violate any election laws? They're not directly ...
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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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Preventing fraud by a candidate

What prevents US candidates from misrepresenting or outright lying about themselves? What laws, regulations, procedures, etc. are in place that address a candidate lying about their own resume/CV and ...
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How could Trump's campaign benefit from attacking the Netanyahu government(s)?

According to the NY Post, Trump appears to be taking some pot shots at past and present Israeli governments led by Netanyahu: Former President Donald Trump made an extraordinary attack on the ...
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Was there an official campaign button printed and circulated with the DeSantis name and the likenesses of both Ron DeSantis and Ronald Reagan?

The lead in to the PBS NewsHour full episode, June 16, 2023 includes ...plus we speak with Miami mayor Francis Suarez about why he's joining the already crowded field of republican presidential ...
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Why would being "almost the end of the second quarter for fundraising" be a reason for US presidential candidates not being "out there quite as much"?

In CNN's June 14, 2023 'He’s scared s***less’: Hear John Kelly’s blunt take on Trump indictment at about 08:23, CNN's Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny says: So one of the reasons the ...
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Why do US politicians spend so much on campaigns when the salary is not high enough to justify the expenditure?

Hillary Clinton spent so much on her 2008 presidential campaign that she had a campaign debt of over $30 million. The annual salary of a US president is only $400,000. Even if Hillary were successful, ...
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What arguments can be given in favour of financial barriers for participation in elections or electoral debates?

From this comment comes the quote: on a practical level, if you suck as a politician THAT much that you can't raise a paltry $50k in a country with 300Mil population, you clearly don't have enough ...
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Has anybody campaigned on reforming the judiciary?

I am struggling to come up with a name of a politician who has ever campaigned on the intention to reform the judiciary (not the justice system in general). Such a campaign, for instance, would ...
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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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In open-list systems, how do individual candidates promote themselves while being a team player?

In open-list systems, political candidates are expected to promote their party platform while simultaneously advocate for a personal mandate so they can rise higher on the list. This might create a ...
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Why would Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao be "banking on the support of Filipino voters from classes D and E to win the 2022 presidential race"?

After about 08:10 in CNN Philippines Politics as Usual video May 2022: Who are you rooting for? | Politics As Usual reporter Xianne Arcangel discusses term-limited Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao's ...
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Why are the candidates at the bottom end of polls still trying? [duplicate]

I'm wondering why the candidates at 2% or 4% are still running? Are they doing anything? Do they have to keep running? I just do not get why you would keep spending money on a campaign that is ...
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What was Fred Phelps' platform when he stood for election?

Fred Phelps formerly of Westboro Baptist Church, preacher and notorious bigot, stood for public office three times under the banner of the Democratic party. According to Wikipedia he convinced ...
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Are candidates usually asked in a debate if they'll rule out a third party run?

At the very beginning of the first 2016 republican primary debate the candidates were asked if any one of them would not commit to throwing their full support behind whichever candidate won the ...
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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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Did the French right wing ever call to vote for left wing candidates prior to 2012?

I am searching for any occasions, prior to 2012 and especially between 1995 and 2007, at which the right wing, especially the French President Jacques Chirac himself, called to vote for left wing when ...
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Does commentary on interviews have more effect on voters than interviews themselves?

I was watching the following reaction video from The Thick of It. Which got me thinking: has there been any research (probably meta-research involving other studies) on whether commentary is more ...
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Is door-to-door canvassing common in America?

In the UK, most people can expect to be canvassed at home, in the form of party volunteers knocking on their door and trying to have a conversation with them in order to persuade them to vote for ...
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What are the long term benefits of renationalising the trains in the UK?

Jeremy Corbyn has campaigned and said labour will renationalise the trains "line by line" as they expire. And has repeated this mandate time and time again. "Public ownership of our railways is ...
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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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Does a ban on political campaigning on the day before the election affect the outcome?

Electoral silences, also known as cooling-off or blackout periods, are enforced in some countries to allow time for voters to reflect before casting their votes. During this period no active ...
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What prevents a winning candidate from breaking their campaign promise after the election?

In theory, the citizens vote for candidate X because they share their electoral offers or promises, but sometimes those candidates don't do what they said. So my question is: What prevents a winning ...
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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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Are there examples of politicians resigning after failing to fulfill an electoral promise?

Politicians love making promises during election campaigns, often with explicit deadlines on when said promise would come to fruition. But are there examples in recent history where a politician (or ...
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Presidential Campaigns: "Paid For"

I've noticed while looking through presidential candidates for the 2016 election websites that they all have "Paid For ..." in the footer of their websites. Obviously they paid for it, but is this a ...
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How are political staff (both congressional and campaign) paid in the US?

For both politicians campaigning, or politicians that are already elected, how are their staff paid? Does it from the the politician's pocket (which I am assuming is the case for someone that is ...
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Why would the Lincoln Project campaign *against* Sen. Susan Collins?

As I understand it, The Lincoln Project is anti-Trump Republicans. So why would they campaign against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)? And not only that, but campaign the hardest of any Senate election? I ...
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The quickest US President to drop a bomb or invade as stated [closed]

Two Correlated Questions Which US elected Presidents stated during their election campaign that they'd bomb, invade, or take a strong military action against a US foreign adversary and actually do it?...
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Why do politicians create more advertising badmouthing their opponents, rather than promoting themselves?

I live in Iowa and have been inundated with a lot of political advertising everywhere (TV, mail, internet) as the 2020 US election approaches. It seems to me that most of the political advertising ...
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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 ...
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Why are there no campaigning caps in US elections?

As far as I'm aware, America doesn't put a cap on how much money you can spend on campaigning. This is unlike countries such as Britain (where the cap is £30,000 per constituency). If the lack of a ...
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How are the 2020 US presidential campaigns now like "a land war in Asia"?

Politico's Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida includes: “It’s forced the Trump campaign to retrench in Florida. You can see it in the spending habits, in television and digital. They’...
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Does the Hatch Act specifically address the use of government property for political campaign activities?

Earlier questions about the use of federal facilities (for example< the White House) did not generate answers that were specific to use of government property but were either closed without an ...
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What is the point in yard signs in presidential elections?

I just don't see that there is any possible benefit, in the case of presidential elections anyway. I don't think there are many, if any, registered voters who haven't heard of Donald Trump or Joe ...
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What, if any, are the political advantages of paying bail fees of people accused of rioting in Minneapolis?

In this article it is stated that 13 Biden campaign staff members made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a foundation that pays the bail fees for imprisoned people, including those arrested ...
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What is known about pressure on Klobuchar and Buttigieg to drop out and endorse Biden?

Before 2020 Super Tuesday, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden were seen as ‘splitting the center democratic’ vote. At the same time, Bernie Sanders had the largest consolidated block of left-...
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Can candidates in federal elections draw a living wage from their campaign finances?

In federal elections in the US or in similar governments, is it possible for candidates to feed and house themselves and their families from campaign donations? Or do they need to live off of personal ...
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Has a political campaign ever been "suspended", only to go on and later win the election?

As a follow up to Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it? - are there examples of politicians initially "suspending" ...
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Is there systematic evidence that (campaign) "pivoting" doesn't work as well as it used to?

It's not hard to find punditry like [Trump's] chief campaign strategist Paul Manafort told Republican leaders that Trump’s been acting all along. “The part that he’s been playing,” Manafort insisted, ...
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What will Bernie Sanders have to do to get the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election?

Michigan turned out pretty well for Bernie, but the same can't be said of this past Super Tuesday. (March 16th) I would think that his fate wouldn't be sealed yet, but I have no idea how the delegate ...
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Was Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his 2016 presidential 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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Has Trump managed to implement any of his anti-corruption (lobbying reform) campaign proposals?

In a 2016 article, the BBC noted some (four) proposals of then-candidate Trump: Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" ...
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What is the political significance of FEC fundraising deadlines?

Every so often, I receive mass emails from political campaigns urging me to make a donation in advance of an FEC fundraising deadline. They claim that it's really important for them to reach some ...
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As a supporter, what is the most impactful way of helping a political campaign win?

Let's say new Gubernatorial elections are coming up in the US and you are dead set on doing everything possible to help your candidate win. What would be the most impactful legal way to do so, in ...
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What difference does a winter election make?

The last December election took place almost a century ago, in 1923. Why are winter elections so rare, what difference does it make to voters, turnout, and campaigners, and how has it affected the ...
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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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Why are Democrats mostly focused on increasing healthcare spending, rarely mentioning any proposals for decreasing the costs of healthcare services?

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are currently the two most prominent candidates campaigning for universal healthcare, as an expansion of Obama's original Affordable Care Act. However their plans ...
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Is there any European politics study related to the effectiveness of pets usage in political campaigning?

Romania is preparing for the Presidential elections and one of members of a party posted a photo with that of the party president holding a cat (original in Romanian, the following quote was written ...