Election Law and Finance
lengthy document (234 pages), provided by the Federal Election
Commission (FEC), is a compilation of the federal campaign
laws, as of September 2004. It contains the texts, as amended,
of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, the Presidential
Election Campaign Fund Act, Presidential Primary Matching Payment
and other relevant provisions of federal law. This pamphlet
also contains a lengthy and detailed index.
Campaign Finance Law Sources
site from the FEC, this page provides legal documents, including
the text of laws, regulations, advisory opinions, and legislative
recommendations; publications, including the FEC annual report
and brochures; educational materials; and information about
committee meetings and upcoming advisory opinions. These information
products are designed to make campaign finance law accessible
to the public; the emphasis is on federal information, but
limited state information is available as well.
Campaign Finance Reports and Data
disclosure reports filed with the FEC from 1993 - present,
candidate and PAC summaries, and donations made by individuals,
and those made to particular candidates or members of
committees are available at this site provided by the FEC.
Other information here covers the 2004 presidential election,
the 2002 Congressional elections, and the 2000 presidential
and Congressional elections. Summary and some audit information
is available for the 1998 and 1996 federal elections. Information
about political parties and political action committees (PACs)
are also available for selected years.
Center for Voting and Democracy: About the Electoral College
explains details of voting in the Electoral College system, including
controversies which have arisen from its use, information about "faithless electors," criticism and reform options. It is hosted by the Center for Voting and Democracy, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and promoting public understanding of "more democratic voting systems," such
as instant runoff voting.
for Responsive Politics, a non-profit research group that tracks the
effects of money on politics, elections, and public policy, provides
a rich resource of information regarding campaign fund-raising and
spending for current races; political donations by geography, sector, and
industry; a donor look-up function to identify individuals and how
much they have contributed to whom; and news stories regarding political
fund-raising. State and local information is available for some jurisdictions,
in addition to the national and federal data.
State Election Laws and Administrative Issues
effort by the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National
Conference of State Legislatures, and the Election Reform Information
Project, this site provides a state-by-state look at how election
issues, including absentee ballots, provisional ballots, polling place
accessibility, and automatic recounts, are handled in each state. Statutory
citations are provided where available. Links for each state direct
the user to state-hosted information regarding elections.