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This in-depth tipsheet explores the nuances of federal election laws. Palmer discusses the differences between hard money and soft money, and how to find good investigative stories in each category. The tipsheet includes lots of screen shots to show how campaign finance information is available online.
Hamburger provides a comprehensive list of sources for campaign finance information. With this tipsheet you can learn to track contributions to candidates and their parties, chronicle the activities of lobbyists, and find out who is buying ads and in what television market.
Salant gives five things to watch out for when the new campaign finance laws take affect on July 31, 2003. He also includes five sites to bookmark in a web browser and numerous examples stories.