Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1978-1990: Longitudinal Political Action Committee (PAC) Data (ICPSR 6260)

Version Date: Oct 19, 1994 View help for published

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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, made available by the Federal Election Commission, 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 and covers the years 1978-1990. 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.

Federal Election Commission. Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1978-1990:  Longitudinal Political Action Committee (PAC) Data. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994-10-19.

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All political action committees that filed reports on their financial contributions to candidates during the period 1978-1990.

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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:
  • Federal Election Commission. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1978-1990: LONGITUDINAL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC) DATA. Washington, DC: Federal Election Commission [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1994.


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