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Politics: Data and Statistics: Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance

  • Federal Election Commission. Campaign Finance Reports and Data. In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
  • Follow The Money (National Institute on Money in State Politics). Tracks contributions and expenditures for candidates, PACs, committees, ballot measures, and independent expenditures for each state. Easy to use tool allows you to type in your street address to identify your districts of state representation.
  • OpenSecrets.orgis run by the nonprofit and nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. This independent website tracks the influence of money on politics and public policy. Data and analysis is provided for presidential and congressional elections, congressional committee members, personal financial disclosures, travel, political parties, industries, lobbying, political action committees and 527s. Also includes historical (back to 1990) and local information and a donor lookup feature.
    • Raw data sets are available for campaign finance, lobbying, 527s and personal finances.

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