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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1978-1992: Longitudinal Political Action Committee (PAC) Data (ICPSR 6335)

Principal Investigator(s): Federal Election Commission


This collection provides a longitudinal summary compilation of political action committee (PAC) campaign contributions previously released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These data were taken directly from campaign finance reports filed by PACs, which are required to file such information under the federal election laws. This collection contains one record for each PAC. Variables include total contributions made to incumbents and nonincumbents, Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate candidates, candidates running and candidates not running, and general election winners and losers.

Series: Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series

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Study Description


Federal Election Commission. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1978-1992: LONGITUDINAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC) DATA. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06335.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06335.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, campaign contributions, campaign expenditures, campaign finance law, campaign funds, congressional elections (US House), congressional elections (US Senate), legislators, political elites, political organizations, political parties, United States House of Representatives, United States Senate

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978--1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1978--1992

Universe:    All political action committees that filed reports on their financial contributions to candidates during the period 1978-1992.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection is also referred to in the codebook as the Longitudinal Non-Party File.


Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-01-11

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