Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform


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Identify in which of the following cases you wouldn't be able to donate as much money as a result of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002:

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1. How did the Supreme Court react to the FEC limits on corporate funding of independent political broadcasts?

2. A political action committee (PAC) is supporting the congressional race of a major political party. It has spent over $50,000 on negative advertisement against the other candidates. It's donated over $2,000 to a candidate in New Hampshire and over $10,000 to a candidate in Florida. It has also directly donated $12,500 to the party it supports. Why did this PAC break the law?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Campaign finance has played an increasingly important and complicated role in elections, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the history of campaign finance rules and some of the biggest players today. Some acronyms you'll be tested on include BCRA, FECA and FEC.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • PECF
  • FECA
  • FEC
  • PAC
  • BCRA

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the sources from which presidential candidates can raise election funds
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the evolution of campaign finance regulations
  • Interpreting information_ - verify that you can read information regarding why and how the Federal Elections Commission was created and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the cost of elected office, review the accompanying lesson on Campaign Finance Rules & Reform. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify campaign finance sources and their unique traits
  • Understand the meaning behind significant campaign finance laws and regulations
  • Understand the purpose of the Federal Elections Commission