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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 789 - Law of Political Participation
What is the proper Constitutional response to the role of money in politics?  Modern campaigns and other forms of political advocacy have grown sharply in terms of sophistication and cost. This course provides an overview of the legal framework developed in response and challenges students to weigh the competing values and policy choices it reflects. Students will gain a valuable understanding of the rules governing political activity and how they influence the conduct of political campaigns. We will trace key developments in campaign finance law through the recent Citizens United and McCutcheon cases, and examine the impact that new media have on a regulatory structure struggling to keep up with the pace of technological change.  Topics covered include the application of the First Amendment to campaign finance, campaign disclosure, ballot measures and independent (non-candidate) campaign advocacy.  No background in law or experience in campaigns is required for this course.  Though it covers some key Supreme Court decisions, the content is accessible to students without prior experience reading legal material.

1.500 Credit hours
1.500 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate

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