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Volume: 8 Number: 9

Title: Opensecrets.org

Source/Sponsoring Agency: Center for Responsive Politics

URL: http://www.opensecrets.org/

Date Checked: 12/31/2002      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 1/3/2003

Topics: Politics

Other keywords: Campaign Finance; Elections

Contents: Opensecrets.org is a website of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics--"your guide to the money in U.S. elections." Assembling data reported to the Federal Election Commission, the Center publishes figures on important aspects of campaign finance: averages spent, amounts received from political action committees and individuals, the incumbent advantage, donor demographics, and sources of funds (business, labor, by ideology or special interest). Data are provided for the 2000 Presidential election, but most of the documentation pertains to Congressional races. The user can search by donor name, by state or zip code, by type of special interest or ideology/single issue source of funding (e.g. pro-life or pro-choice, agribusiness, transportation, environmental interests, many others). Charts and graphs illustrate contribution trends since 1990. Most of the data are confined to the two major parties, but there is some coverage of third-party presidential candidates from the last election. A news section for hot topics such as Enron, homeland security, and of course campaign finance reform, provides an overview of issues, a brief life history of a piece of important legislation, and a "special interest watch" or profile of a group's political input into the issue. Data are clearly displayed, making this a good quick source for information on campaign finance trends.

Author of Annotation: A. Carson


Last Modified: 6/20/2012