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Elections & Voting: Websites

overview of materials and databases available at Tutt Library and online.

Campaign and Elections

From non-partisan organizations:

Project Vote Smart compiles biographical information, interest group ratings, and much more about the candidates.

Annenberg Political Fact Check cuts through the campaign rhetoric

PolitiFact check facts and see the "Truth-O-Meter." (St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly)

League of Women Voters (national) and the Colorado website for comprehensive non-partisan information for citizens

FairVote develops and promotes practical strategies to improve elections at the local, state and national levels.

DemocracyNet - enter zip code for candidates running for office and info about their take on issues

 

Election Organizations

American National Election Studies
(University of Michigan) a survey research center which produces results similar to the Gallup Poll’s from studies on the American electorate in presidential and midterm election years and pilot studies in odd-numbered years.
Election Information, Data, & Maps
(University of Virginia) resources on historical elections, data on elections, and maps showing election results.
Campaign Legal Center
is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which focuses on campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics offering analyzes of issues and representing the public interest in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings.
Commission on Presidential Debates
Campaign Finance Institute
(George Washington University) a non-partisan, non-profit institute  for research, education, and recommendations for policy change in the field of campaign finance.

Government Sources

Federal Election Commission Campaign Guide: Corporations and Labor Organizations
This Guide replaces the June 2001 edition of the Campaign Guide for Corporations and Labor Organizations. It summarizes the federal campaign finance laws applicable to corporations, labor organizations and their separate segregated funds as of January 2007. For updated information, please consult the monthly Record supplements to this Guide.
Census Bureau - Voting & Registration
Find information on voting and registration demographics, such as race, age, sex, Hispanic origin, and educational attainment for the U.S., states, and regions.
IRS Tax Information for Political Organizations
Lists tax filing information for political organizations. Political organization disclosures, i.e., Restaurant Association of Maryland Political Action Committee and Bank of America Virginia Political Action Committee, can be searched. Use Advanced Search to search by Custodian Mailing Address and Date of Material Change.

Infomation

FEC Enforcement Query System
all FEC enforcement cases closed since 1999
Matter Under Review Archive, 1975-1998
Searchable database of publicly released FEC enforcement cases from 1975-1998

Funding & Money

OpenSecrets.org a non-partisan, non-profit US research group which tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and campaign finances; use the Donor Lookup database to find out who has contributed to candidates. (Center for Responsive Politics)

Unfluence - a web program that generates interactive network maps of state level political contribution data

Follow the Money offers close-to-home data and information on the power of influence (National Institute on Money in state Politic)

Campaign Finance Reports and Data - Financial disclosure reports from Presidential and Congressional campaigns, political parties, and PACs.

Center for Responsive Politics - contributions made to political candidates

So You Want to Buy a President? - PBS interviews, readings, glossary


Search the Colorado Campaign Finance Database for local candidate financial disclosures.

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