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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1981-1982 (ICPSR 8238)

Principal Investigator(s): Federal Election Commission


According to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (as amended), political party and non-party committees must limit their campaign spending and report their expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The information collected by the FEC outlines the party and non-party committee expenditures for each candidate supported and also presents the data by candidate and House or Senate position sought. This data collection is contained in six files. Party data are contained in two files: a spread file that contains a record for each party committee in alphabetical order by committee ID number, and a cross-tabs file that contains one or more records for each party committee, organized first by committee ID number and then by candidate ID number. Non-party and House/Senate data are also contained in a spread file and a cross-tabs file, both organized in the same manner as the party files. Candidates are designated by a candidate ID number that includes the federal office sought (coded "S" for Senate or "H" for House) and the state in which the candidate ran. Specific variables record information on total receipts and the amounts of contributions from corporations, labor organizations, membership and trade associations, and health-related organizations. Variables also detail the committees' amount of available cash, debts owed to and by organizations, amount of in-kind contributions, and expenditures.

Series: Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Non-party: Spread Data - Download All Files (25.417 MB)
DS2:  Non-party: Cross-tabs File - Download All Files (33.046 MB)
DS3:  Party: Spread Data - Download All Files (23.39 MB)
DS4:  Party: Cross-tabs File - Download All Files (23.294 MB)
DS5:  House/Senate: Spread Data - Download All Files (24.076 MB)
DS6:  House/Senate: Cross-tabs File - Download All Files (33.185 MB)

Study Description


Federal Election Commission. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1981-1982. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission [producer], 1983. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08238.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08238.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:   

  • 1981--1982

Universe:    All candidates and supporting committees registered with the Federal Election Commission for the 1981-1982 election cycle.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, and administrative records data


Data Source:

official candidate and political party committee financial reports filed with the Federal Election Commission


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-13

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8238.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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