CLEP US Government

Category - Gov. Institutions

Which of the following is an informal power of the president?
  1. Commander in Chief of the military
  2. Granting executive orders
  3. Preparing the federal budget
  4. Head of a political party
  5. Grantor of pardons
Answer: D - Acting as head of a political party is an informal power of the president. An informal power is one that has developed through history but is not official. An example is the president serving as the symbol for the nation as a whole. It is not a formal power, but it is almost universally recognized.
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