Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1985-1986: Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data (ICPSR 8937)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Federal Election Commission


Version V1

These data are produced in conjunction with Federal Election Commission (FEC) Reports On Financial Activity (RFA) and are taken directly from campaign finance reports filed by political committees and others who are required to file under the federal election laws. The data present summary information concerning filers' gross receipts, disbursements, debts, cash on hand, etc. They also include information on particular party and nonparty committee support of individual candidates. The data for United States congressional campaigns supply summarized information about the campaign, including 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. The party and nonparty political committee data contain summary information for committees including 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 and Senate candidates.

Federal Election Commission. Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1985-1986:  Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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1985-01-01 -- 1986-12-31

1985-01-01 -- 1988-01-29

For each of the three main types of data in this collection--House/Senate, party political committee, and nonparty 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 contains one or more records per campaign or committee. For each candidate/filer or committee/candidate combination, there is a separate record that summarizes information about contributions and expenditures (for or against) a candidate. Data in this collection will not include any amendments to reports covering the period January 1, 1985 through December 31, 1986, that were received by the FEC after January 1988. This collection is part of a data series that contains the following previously released collections: CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1977-1978 AND 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8158), CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1981-1982 (ICPSR 8238), and CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES IN THE UNITED STATES, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 8511).

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 FEC.

(1) Campaigns of all individuals who have registered with the FEC under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) as 1985 or 1986 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 1985 or 1986 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 FEC.

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event/transaction data



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