Campaign Ads Throughout History
The living room candidate posts campaign ads dating all the way back to 1952 (have your students see how much advertising and campaigning has changed!). www.livingroomcandidate.org
Crash Course in SuperPACs
Comedian and satirist Stephen Colbert has repeatedly used his late night show to give his audience civics lessons about what SuperPACs can and cannot do, legally, to support candidates running for office. Educators interested in learning more about this topic can click here to find the Atlanticwire‘s synopsis of Colbert’s recent moves or here for a list of video clips on this topic from The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert’s PAC:
- “Viacom Ruins Stephen’s PAC Dream“
- “Trevor Potter“
- “Coordination Problem“
- “Coordination Resolution with Jon Stewart“
- Civc Minute Video: “What is a Super PAC?“
- OpenSecrets.org: “Super PACs,” “Top PACs“
- New York Times: “Who’s Financing the Super PACs?“
Deconstructing Campaign Messages and Resources
This lesson focuses on analyzing the style and substance of the campaigns in both free media, such as the news and televised debates, and paid media, such as TV commercials.
Teaching Campaign Finance
UW-Madison has collected a variety of videos, articles, and discussion strategies that teachers can use to help students explore existing and proposed campaign finance laws (as well as their impact on elections). Click here to access the in-progress site. Additionally, you can click here to find the NYTimes’ guide about the different ways one can make political donations.