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Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States] (ICPSR 25801)

Principal Investigator(s): Adams, Brian, San Diego State University


This study contains campaign finance data for candidates in local elections held from 1989 to 2007 in the following cities: New York City (NY), Los Angeles (CA), Chicago (IL), San Francisco (CA), Seattle (WA), Miami (FL), Tampa (FL), Lexington (KY), Louisville (KY), Sacramento (CA), and Long Beach (CA). Data were also collected for the counties Hillsborough County/Tampa (FL) and Miami-Dade (FL). The study includes data on funds raised and spent, as well as candidate data and election returns, and both mayoral and city council races. Information was also collected on the size of the population of the candidates jurisdiction, the amount of political contributions and committee expenditures, whether the election was held in a publicly-funded city, and the outcome of the election. Demographic variables include candidate's sex, race, political party, education, and occupation.

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Study Description


Adams, Brian. Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States]. ICPSR25801-v1. [distributor], 2010-06-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25801.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR25801.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign finance, candidates, city councils, elections, expenditures, local elections

Geographic Coverage:    California, Chicago, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Lexington, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, New York (state), New York City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, United States, Washington

Time Period:   

  • 1989--2007

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989--2007

Data Type(s):    census/enumeration data

Data Collection Notes:

Column widths for variables Organizationalbackground and Endorsements were shortened so that files could be produced.

The variables Candfirstname, Priorpoliticalexperience, CandOcc, Organizationalbackground, and Endorsements contain truncated value labels. These labels were truncated in the original data file and no documentation exists to correct them.

The variable CANDLASTNAME contains diacritical marks.

Variables EDUC and Candocccode contain unknown codes.


Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2010-06-10



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