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

Version Date: Jun 10, 2010 View help for published

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Brian Adams, San Diego State University

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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.

Adams, Brian. Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-06-10.

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1989 -- 2007
1989 -- 2007

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.

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Adams, Brian. Campaign Finance in Local Elections: An Eleven City Study, 1989-2007 [United States]. ICPSR25801-v1. [distributor], 2010-06-10.

2010-06-10 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.


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