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Comm Key

This is a randomly assigned ID that links the committee table to tables of itemized contributions and expenditures. The first two letters of the ID are an abbreviation for the city name; the remaining four numbers are random. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

CandKey

This is a randomly assigned number that links the committee table to the contribution tables. It is the same as commkey except primary and general are combined, so that each candidate for each election has only one key. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

City

The city in which the candidate ran.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Committee Name

The name of the committee, as it appears in the contributions databases. In some cases, the names have been standardized to avoid multiple entries for the same committee. Not all cities have committee names. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Committee Number

California: Campaign committees in California are required to register with the secretary of state, which assigns them a number. All committees in California are assigned numbers, but they do not all appear in the database (i.e. the data are incompl... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Cand last name

The last name of the candidate.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Cand first name

The first name of the candidate.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Status

Candidates running in a primary in a race where the other party holds the seat are still listed as challengers. If an incumbent lost in the primary, candidates in the runoff/general election were still considered challengers. In general, "STATUS" ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Incumbent

Dummy variable derived from STATUS.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Open Seat

Dummy variable derived from STATUS.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Date of Election

The date the election was held.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Year of Election

The year the election was held.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Election Type

Election Type

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Office

Office

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Legislative district number

The number of the legislative district, if applicable.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Population of the jurisdiction

The population of the jurisdiction at the time of the election. For all citywide elections, census data was used. Citywide elections 1995 or earlier used 1990 census population figures, elections after 1995 used 2000 census data. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Voting age population

Voting age population. Data is from the 2000 census (all persons 18 and over). For council districts, VAP is estimated from total VAP divided by the number of council districts. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Party

If candidates were ran under multiple parties, and one of those parties was either Democrat or Republican, they were identified as Democrat or Republican. If they ran under multiple third parties, they were coded as "30" (multiple minor parties). ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Number of opponents

The number of opponents in the race. Does not include write-in candidates.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Number of candidates

The number of candidates in the race. Does not include write-in candidates.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Number of major candidates

The number of major candidates in the race.

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Multi-member district

Multi-member district

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

At-large council race

At-large council race

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

City council race

Dummy variable derived from office. City council races includes combined city/county councils in San Francisco, Louisville, and Miami-Dade. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

Number of contributions in the contributions database

Number of contributions in the contributions database. This number is generated using a "count" query in Microsoft Access, which counts the number of rows for each committee. ... (view details)

Taken from: Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States].

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