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Political campaigns have changed drastically over the last century, from black and white news papers to the utilization of social media. Throughout this essay we will utilize the 2012 presidential campaign as an example of how political campaign have changed the nature of American politics and how money has been the driving factor behind these campaigns. The 2012 presidential election was one that was won by a land slide by the incumbent party, President Obama. The election was between the Democratic President Obama and the Republican Governor Mitt Romney. To meet the requirements to run for president under the Constitution, Article II establishes the Executive Branch, and sets forth the following rules as to who can be the President.
“Article II Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows: ...No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.” (United States Constitution)
Once the candidate establishes that they are going to run, they will need to declare candidacy and file an applications with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). "If you are running for the U.S. House, Senate or the Presidency, you must register with the FEC once you (or persons acting on your behalf) receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $5,000. Within 15 days of...

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