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Government and Political Jargon

Are you enthused by the current debates between presidential candidates? Intrigued by the twitter battles between political actors? Job opportunities in the fields of government and politics vary immensely, but all support the larger goal of creating a stable, prosperous nation. Political roles extend from the local level to the state and national level. As most businesses and industries must abide by legislation, having a working vocabulary of political terminology can be useful in any industry!

Appropriation: An act of Congress that allows Federal agencies to spend money for specific purposes.

Bipartisanship: When two opposing political parties work together to find common good and a compromise

Campaign: A series of planned actions for getting someone elected.

Campaign Manager: People who organize and supervise all of the details in a candidate's campaign.

Constituent: Having the right to vote or elect; any of the voters represented by a particular official

Co-Sponsor: Members(s) who add their names to support another members bill. Co-sponsoring of house bills can happen at any point until the last authorization while senate bills must occur before the vote.

Franchise: The constitutional right to vote.

Germane: The House requires an amendment to meet a standard of relevance, being germane, unless a special rule has been passed.

Grassroots: The involvement of common citizens.

Pollster: People that identify and forecast the response of the public to campaigns, candidates, and issues.

Policy Analyst: Employees of either the government, legislators, or candidates that aim to both craft and implement policy.

Political Action Committee (PAC): An organization created by an interest group, union, or company that raises funds to support or oppose particular candidates. All PACs are registered through the Federal Election Commission.

Lobby: A group seeking to influence an elected official.

Stump: Campaigning that occurs on the local level. It is usually in person.

Slate: Candidates for various offices running as a team. Alternatively, it could be a group of delegates running on behalf of one candidate.

Keep an eye out for more business jargon to come!

By Julia Garbee

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