- Issues Background. Public Agenda Online
provides detailed background on a wide variety of election-year public policy issues.
- Federal Campaign Finances. FECInfo and the Center for Responsive Politics are non-profit
organizations that use Federal Election Commission data to generate tailored reports on a
federal candidate's spending, a PAC's activities, a particular fat cat's contribution
habits, the political spending patterns of a specific community and a variety of other
potential stories. The Federal Election
Commission now has an in-depth search abilities, but only for the recent election
- State Campaign Finances. The National Institute on Money
in State Politics has available a database of state campaign finance records for
selected states, searchable by candidate, individual donor or one of 115 special-interest
groups. The institute plans to have data from all 50 states. Meanwhile, the Campaign Finance Information Center, run by
Investigative Reporters & Editors, links to currently available campaign finance
databases on the state level.
- Campaign Story Ideas. IRE's
Campaign Finance Information Center provides a database of campaign finance story ideas
and tip sheets contributed by political journalists nationwide.
- Washington Lobbyists.
The Center for Responsive Politics provides a searchable database of registered
congressional lobbyists. It is searchable by lobbyist, company or industry and provides
annual expenditures. The center also provides its categories for various special-interest
- Political Wire. Political Wire provides links to
the day's top political stories from around the nation.
- Political Parties. The Democratic National
Committee and the Republican National Committee each
has its own web sites. The national parties also provide links to state and county party
Web sites as well as other party arms such as the committees for House, Senate and
- Individual Candidates. Candidates for national, statewide and often county
offices have their own Web sites, which can provide easy access to biographical
information, position papers, schedules and other useful information. They often can be
found at www.candidate'sname.com (or .org), or www.candidate'sname2000.com.
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