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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 8511)

Principal Investigator(s): Federal Election Commission


Detailed data on campaign contributions and expenditures on behalf of or against political candidates are included in this collection. Information provided for United States Congressional campaigns includes the candidate's name, incumbency status, party affiliation, receipts, disbursements, contributions from the candidate, loans, debts, aggregate contributions by amount and source, and independent expenditures for and against the candidate. Data on party and non-party political committees include the committee name, special-interest group classification, receipts, cash and in-kind contributions made and received, disbursements, debts, and total expenditures for and against House, Senate, and Presidential candidates.

Series: Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  House and Senate Spread Data - Download All Files (5.948 MB)
DS2:  House and Senate Crosstabs Data - Download All Files (18.815 MB)
DS3:  Party Committee Spread Data - Download All Files (5.436 MB)
DS4:  Party Committee Crosstabs Data - Download All Files (5.411 MB)
DS5:  Non-Party Committee Spread Data - Download All Files (7.131 MB)
DS6:  Non-Party Committee Crosstabs Data - Download All Files (19.466 MB)

Study Description


Federal Election Commission. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1983-1984. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission [producer], 1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1986. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08511.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08511.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:   

  • 1983-01-01--1984-12-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-10-01

Universe:    (1) Campaigns of all individuals who have registered with the Federal Election Commission under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) as 1983 or 1984 candidates for the United States Senate or House of Representatives, or who have been certified by state authorities as official Senate or House candidates in a 1983 or 1984 primary, runoff, or general election but who have not registered as candidates under the FECA. (2) Party and non-party political committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

For each of the three main types of data in this collection--House/Senate, party political committee, and non-party political committee--there are two types of data files. The "spread" file contains one record for each campaign (House/Senate file) or committee (committee files). The "crosstabs" file may contain one or more records per campaign or committee, with an individual record for each political committee making contributions or expenditures for or against each candidate.


Sample:    Complete information is provided for all members of the sampling universe. An exception is made in the ``Party Committee" files, which include only Democratic and Republican committees rather than all committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-08-18

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8511.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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