Campaign expenditures in the United States, 1977-1978 and 1979-1980 [electronic resource].

Data file
Ann Arbor, MI : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.
Extent of collection: 13 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).


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Restrictions note
Use of these data is restricted to Princeton University students, faculty, and staff for non-commercial statistical analysis and research purposes only.
Summary note
This data collection offers detailed tabulations of political campaign expenditures and contributions. Party and non-party committee information provided in parts 1-8 includes the committee name and special interest group designation, gross receipts, transfers, loans, both cash and in-kind contributions, gross disbursements, debts, contributions to House, Senate, and Presidential candidates, and expenditures made on behalf of those candidates. For parts 9 and 10, the House and Senate files, data are supplied on candidate name, incumbency status, party, receipts, transfers, disbursements, number and dollar amounts of individual contributions, contributions from major parties, from corporations, and from labor, independent expenditures for and against the candidate, and percentage of the November 1980 general election vote received. Parts 11 and 12, the Presidential Pre-Nomination Campaigns files, contain data on candidate name and party, total receipts, transfers, exempt fundraising, federal matching funds, contributions from candidate and other sources, independent expenditures for and against the candidate, debts, and total expenditures made in each state by candidates receiving federal matching funds. Part 13 specifies for each state the legal spending limit in 1980 for candidates eligible to receive federal matching funds.
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Type of data
Extent of collection: 13 data files + machine-readable documentation (PDF).
Geographic coverage
Geographic coverage: United States.
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Data format: LRECL.
Methodology note
  • Data source: self-enumerated forms.
  • Sample: complete information is provided for all members of the sampling universe. An exception occurs in the ''party committee'' files which contain data for only the Democratic and Republican parties rather than for all party committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.
  • Universe: Parts 1-8: party and non-party political committees registered with the Federal Election Commission. Parts 9 and 10: Campaigns of all individuals who have registered under the Federal Election Campaign Act as 1979 or 1980 candidates for the federal offices of United States Senator or United States Representative, or who have been certified by the appropriate state authorities as official Senate or House candidates in a 1979 or 1980 primary, runoff, convention/caucus, or general election but who have not registered as candidates under the Act. Parts 11 and 12: Campaigns of the sixteen major and minor party Presidential candidates who reported total receipts or total disbursements in excess of $100,000 in connection with their pre-nomination campaigns. Part 13: All states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and United States territories and possessions.
  • V.1. 1977-1978
  • v. 2. 1979-1980.
Cite as
Federal Election Commission. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1977-1978 AND 1979-1980 [Computer file]. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission [producer], 198?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986.
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