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Politics and Elections

Library guide covering resources for Politics and Elections with an emphasis on the United States

Campaign Financing

ACE Electoral Knowledge Network - Cost of Registration and Election  The ACE website is an online knowledge repository that provides comprehensive information and customised advice on electoral processes. The website  contains  in-depth articles, global statistics and data, an Encyclopaedia of Elections, information on electoral assistance, observation and professional development, region- and country-specific resources, daily electoral news, an election calendar, quizzes, expert networks and much, much more.

Campaign Finance Institute - Historical Data: CFI's regularly published analyses of federal campaign finance are built on the idea that to identify new developments, you have to look at consistent data over time, to compare what is, with what was. We invite you to review historical data under these various headings " let's you see the hidden world of American political campaigns. is your door key to inside politics, American politics."

Center for Competitive Politics  The Center for Competitive Politics  works to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition.  CCP also publishes research on the effects of laws and regulations that stymie First Amendment rights to free political speech. We track and analyze proposed legislation and regulations at the federal and state levels that could negatively affect these rights.

ElectionWorld  Electionworld was for long time a comprehensive database on elections. The development of the political parts of Wikipedia made it possible to move the content of Electionworld to Wikipedia and enable a more comprehensive database for information on elections and political parties.

FEC Disclosure Portal  The Federal Election Commission's Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal provides a single point of entry to campaign finance data. You'll find easy-to-navigate maps and charts that display the campaign finance data you're most interested in. You'll also find many search tools that will help you through our data sources. You can download many of these data sets to perform your own analyses.

Follow the Money  The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide.

IDEA International Political Finance Database - The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization with a mission to support sustainable democracy worldwide.

Open is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. has become a clearinghouse for data and analysis on multiple aspects of money in politics - including the independent interest groups, such as super PACs and political nonprofits, flooding politics with outside spendingfederal lobbying, Washington's "revolving door" and the personal finances of members of Congress, the president and other officials.

Sunlight Foundation - Tools and Projects  - The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. 

  • Churnalism US is a web tool and browser extension to let you know when news articles may have similarities with press releases and other sources.
  • Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.
  • Foreign Lobbying Influence Tracker digitizes information that representatives of foreign governments, political parties and government-controlled entities must disclose to the U.S. Justice Department when they seek to influence U.S. policy.

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