Using Federal Campaign Expenditure Data

Number 2430
Subject Campaign Finance
Source Derek Willis
Affiliation The Washington Post
Year 2005
Summary This tipsheet is a good guide to using electronically filed campaign expenditure data. First, Willis offers an explanation of electronic data formats, then he discusses the different types of expenditures. He offers tips on different ways to work with the data through the FEC website. lastly, he warns about some problems to watch out for and offers final tips for the analysis.
Tags campaign finance data; analysis; FEC; government reporting; elections; voting; python script; FTP server
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