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1. What do you think is the best method to reform campaign financing?

Stricter contribution limits

Stricter spending caps

Elimination of Political Action Committees (PACs)

Complete public financing

Electronic filing of contributions

Free television time for candidates who are on the ballot in all 50 states.

None. I don’t support campaign finance reform.

2. Which party do the following special interest groups/industries contribute more to: Republicans, Democrats, or equal amounts to both parties? (Figures are from the 1994 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics).

a. Defense sector

b. American Institute of CPA’s

c. Energy/Natural Resources sector

d. National Rural Letter Carriers Association

e. Ideological/single-issue PACs

f. National Beer Wholesalers Association

g. Philip Morris
 

3. Help Dole go negative: Write a bumper sticker slogan for his campaign to use to attack Clinton (Best answer wins a MoJo Wire hat).

 

4. Fill in the blanks below to fill in the following quotes:

a. ____________ hinted that ____________’s trip to Moscow as a student was somehow treasonous.

b. ____________’s campaign ads said that Willie Horton’s parole and subsequent crimes, showed that ______________ was too easy on criminals while Governor.

c. ____________ said, “Who is this guy? What does he know about it? . . . His word’s no good,” about _______________, during a rally in New Jersey.

d. ____________ said, He’s “liberal, liberal, liberal.” about _____________.

e. ____________ said that _____________ reminded him of his brother Kenny, “the great exaggerator,” who liked to say things that were “not quite accurate.”

f. ____________ said it’s not _____________’s age that concerned him, it’s the age of his ideas.

1. George Bush

2. Michael Dukakis

3. Bill Clinton

4. Ross Perot

5. Bob Dole

6. Ronald Reagan

5. If the elections were held today, and all these candidates had an equal chance of winning, who would you vote for?

Bob Dole (Republican)

Bill Clinton (Democrat)

Ross Perot (Reform Party)

Ralph Nader (Green Party)

Harry Browne (Libertarian)

Howard Phillips (U.S. Taxpayers Party)

Lyndon LaRouche (Democrat)

John Hagelin (Natural Law Party)

6. If the elections were held today, and you were restricted to just these two candidates, which one would you vote for?

Bob Dole

Bill Clinton

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