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Campaign Finance Institute
Find federal and state campaign finance policy information here. Locate research about small donors, comparative state policies and more by using the tabs located in the middle of the page.
Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Data
Find candidate and committee spending profiles here. Also, track contributions from specific individuals. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find more data sources and data sets.
Follow the Money
Locate lobbying expenditures, independent spending, and more. Filter by state and year. Goes back to 1990.
Find nonprofit funder, financial information and annual reports here.
Cook Political Report
Non-partisan newsletter with analysis of elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.
National Journal's Elections Hub
Find current state by state election information. Scroll down for coverage of Senate, House and Governor election details.
Presidential Commission for Election Administration
Find current, detailed examination of the US voter registration, voting and polling process. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Election Toolkit to see Election Day resources.
Find background information on the current election for all levels and branches of government across the U.S., including candidates, primaries, voter information, ballot measures, and more.
Campaign Ads and Websites
United States Elections Web Archive
An archive of campaign sites archived weekly during the election seasons since 2000, documenting sites and social media associated with presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections. The collection includes official campaign sites from general elections, special elections, and off-year elections.
The Living Room Candidate
Presidential campaign ads from 1952-2016.
This unique resource allows you to browse information about political advertisement on Facebook worldwide, and filter by region, political actor, content, and timeline.
View political ads by advertiser or candidate name, amount spent, dates the ads ran, number of impressions, or ad type.
FaceBook Ad Archive
Search ads related to politics or issues of national importance. Results will include ads that have appeared on Facebook and Instagram.
Tips for Researching Elections
- State and local voting records (e.g. governor, state representative, councilman) are available from either state or county boards of election. These boards are also good sources of more granular federal election data, by ward or by precinct.
- The Secretary of State is the top official for state elections. Search for state government Secretary of State websites for gubernatorial election information, policies, etc.
- For election results, newspapers often report unofficial results on the day following an election.