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SETUPS: Financing Congressional Campaigns, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 8651)

Principal Investigator(s): Wilcox, Clyde


Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) for American Politics are computer-related modules designed for use in teaching introductory courses in American government and politics. This dataset is designed to explore various research and policy questions on campaign finance that political scientists have raised in recent years, including the role of political action committees, parties, the candidate's personal resources in financing campaigns, and the relationship between campaign funds and electoral outcomes.

Series: SETUPS Series

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  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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Study Description


Wilcox, Clyde. SETUPS: FINANCING CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGNS, 1983-1984. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission, Data Systems Development Division [producer], 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08651.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08651.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign contributions, campaign finance, campaign funds, computer programs, congressional campaigns, fundraising, government, instructional materials, national elections, political action committees, political attitudes, political participation, political parties, politics, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983--1984

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983--1984

Universe:    All major party candidates for 1984 United States House and Senate general election.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain negative (-) value codes. V61 is "Opponent Debts Owed By" and V62 is "Opponent Debts Owed To." The APSA printed manual defines these two variables incorrectly. The standard format for these data is two cases per race--one for the candidate and one for the opponent. In those cases where the candidate ran unopposed, V46 (Opponent FEC ID) equals "NULL " and there is no companion case for the opponent. The data for this instructional subset are distributed by ICPSR through an arrangement with the American Political Science Association (APSA). As with previous SETUPS, manuals for use with the data are available from the APSA Division of Educational Affairs.


Data Source:

Federal Election Commission data files of candidate, political action committee, and political party reports


Original ICPSR Release:   1988-10-25


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