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GOVT 2306 #11071
Short Assignment #7: Opensecrets.org
In recent years, the role of money in American politics has been the subject of ever- increasing scrutiny. This attention focuses heavily on who donates money to candidates when they run for office. Indeed, some presidential candidates are emphasizing this topic. What do you think about money in politics? Is this an issue that concerns you?
This short assignment calls upon you to examine this influence in the context of congressional elections.
Please visit the website https://www.opensecrets.org/ and select the tab “Politicians and elections.” Then, select “Congress.” From there, choose “Current members.” Then, you will need to pull up either your representative or one of your state’s two senators (If you do not know these persons’ names, you may visit the website https://justfacts.votesmart.org/ and type in your address to obtain this information; if you need your nine-digit zip code, you may retrieve it from https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupAction_input.
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Part A
1. My representative is _____________________________________.
2. My state’s two senators are ________________________________ and _______________________________.
3. For this assignment, I am reporting on _______________________________________ (this person should be any one of the three listed above).
Part B
4. Who are the lawmaker’s top 5 contributors (List them)? How much money did they donate to the lawmaker?
5. Who are the lawmaker’s top 5 industries (List them)? How much money did they donate to the lawmaker?
Part C
6. Based on the information in Part B, to whom (persons, businesses, etc.) do you think this lawmaker is likely to be beholden? Why?
7. What have you learned from this website? Did anything make you happy? Upset? Surprised? Why?
8. More generally, do you see the influence of money in politics as a problem? Why or why not? What do you think should be done to regulate and monitor the influence of money in politics? Why?

 

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