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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.
This tipsheet is a chapter from the Third Edition of The Online Journalist; Using the Internet and Other Electronic Resources. In particular, it discusses the MIDIS system to weigh the integrity of data found on the Internet.