How often does the top spending candidate win their race for the U.S. House of Representatives?
How accurate was your prediction?
In 2016, how often did the candidate running for congress who spent less than their opponent win?
What is the big story this chart tells?
Why do you think that is?
What is the most important consequence of that story?
Is this story good news for American democracy?
For whom is this good news?
Explain whether the information from the chart above makes it more or less likely that you would run for office in the U.S. Congress one day.
Based on the data from the chart above, make a claim about money and politics in the U.S.
What did the U.S. Constitution say about money in politics?
Based on the data from this chart, when we say,”House of Representatives,” What is the House representative of?
What question do you have about this data?
Respond to this argument a student named Brett made. “The top speding canidate should win the race, because the best candidate will get the most money, so we are just electing the best candidate.”
Respond to the argument made by A student named Bjork who said, “We have a government by the rich, for the rich, and of the rich.”
Explain whether the data in the chart moves the United States more towards democracy or towards plutocracy?
Let’s say that a group of Americans wanted to do something to make the highest spender less likely to win election. What is one action they could take?
What would a typical American liberal say about this chart?
Explain whether the U.S. Congress is likely to pass a law making the highest spender in an election less likely to win.
In general, which costs more a U.S. House seat or a U.S. Senate seat?*
Describe what has happened to the cost of seats in the U.S. congress over the past 40 years.*
Why is that?*
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