Each state has as many electors as it has senators and representatives, plus 3 electoral votes from the District of Columbia as a result of the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution. The title comes from the location of its first official meeting in 1954 in the Bilderberg Hotel, Arnhem, Netherlands. Protect the rights of the accused first and foremost. Early fundraising is crucial to a campaign because of the high costs organization and the need to demonstrate viability.
Should the presidential or vice-presidential candidate die between the November election and the December meetings, the electors pledged to vote for him or her could vote for whomever they pleased. Lists differ each year, but thereâ€™s one name that remains there for years - Henry Kissinger, a former Secretary of State, who rules the Bilderberg Group and rules the world. To finish well in pre-nomination popularity contests (â€œstraw pollsâ€) you have to appear daily in TV ads, and prime-time news coverage â€” after the primaries media â€œlabelâ€ winners and losers and that affects voters and contributors a lot.
You must have â€œpolitical availability,â€ which means political experience; be attractive (for political activists and general voting public); and project personal characteristics that enable the public to envision you as President. New York City is a very important factor because the most active, influential and rich people live there.
These requirements meet the technical minimum, but the informal and sometimes less apparent ones are equally important. Democrats win in the Northeast industrial base, Mid-Atlantic and Pacific Coast.
The last such occurance was in North Carolina in 1968. Charisma - attractiveness to others and the ability to leverage this esteem to motivate others. Preoccupation with a role - dedication that consumes much of leaderâ€™s life â€“ service to a cause. A clear sense of purpose (or mission) clear goals â€“ focus â€“ commitment. Results-orientation â€“ directing very action towards a mission â€“ prioritizing activities to spend time where results most accrue. However, without wishing to dampen your enthusiasm, I must add that 8 Governors, 7 US Senators, 9 US Congressmen, 11 Mayors, 17 State Legislators and 11 judges have been violently attacked by 2005. â€œSoft moneyâ€ is supposed to be used for the party-building activities, but often ends up supporting the campaigns of individual candidates.
Nowadays, itâ€™s rare for electors to be split between parties. Six were Secretaries of State â€” Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Adams, Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan. And a full twenty-six US Presidents were lawyers: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James Polk, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William Mc Kinley, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton. An additional source of money is â€œsoft moneyâ€ contributions.