Presidential Campaign Costs

The Cost of Running for President.

Running for President is expensive. Incredibly expensive. The costs of campaigns have deviated over time with the rise of television and different campaign strategies. The chart above showcases the costs of Presidential campaigns from 1960-2016. Analyze the chart and then answer the questions below.

Questions for Completion.

1.  Identify the overall trend you see with campaign costs from 1960-2016. What factors account for this?

2.  Campaign spending fell from 2012 to 2016. What factors do you think accounted for this? What does this reveal about the Citizens United decision?

3.  Is there too much money in American politics? Why or why not?