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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1983-1984

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Federal Election Commission
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
candidates; campaign contributions; campaign expenditures; campaign finance law; campaign funds; congressional elections (US House); congressional elections (US Senate); legislators; political elites; political organizations; political parties; United States House of Representatives; United States Senate
  • Abstract

    Detailed data on campaign contributions and expenditures on behalf of or against political candidates are included in this collection. Information provided for United States Congressional campaigns includes the candidate's name, incumbency status, party affiliation, receipts, disbursements, contributions from the candidate, loans, debts, aggregate contributions by amount and source, and independent expenditures for and against the candidate. Data on party and non-party political committees include the committee name, special-interest group classification, receipts, cash and in-kind contributions made and received, disbursements, debts, and total expenditures for and against House, Senate, and Presidential candidates.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: House and Senate Spread Data
    • DS2: House and Senate Crosstabs Data
    • DS3: Party Committee Spread Data
    • DS4: Party Committee Crosstabs Data
    • DS5: Non-Party Committee Spread Data
    • DS6: Non-Party Committee Crosstabs Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-01-01 / 1984-12-31
    Time period: 1983-01-01--1984-12-31
  • Collection date: 1985-10-01
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
(1) Campaigns of all individuals who have registered with the Federal Election Commission under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) as 1983 or 1984 candidates for the United States Senate or House of Representatives, or who have been certified by state authorities as official Senate or House candidates in a 1983 or 1984 primary, runoff, or general election but who have not registered as candidates under the FECA. (2) Party and non-party political committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Complete information is provided for all members of the sampling universe. An exception is made in the ``Party Committee" files, which include only Democratic and Republican committees rather than all committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Collection Mode
  • For each of the three main types of data in this collection--House/Senate, party political committee, and non-party political committee--there are two types of data files. The "spread" file contains one record for each campaign (House/Senate file) or committee (committee files). The "crosstabs" file may contain one or more records per campaign or committee, with an individual record for each political committee making contributions or expenditures for or against each candidate.

2006-01-18 File CB8511.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8511 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08511.v1
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    • ID: 10.1080/000368496328100 (DOI)
  • Gaddie, Ronald Keith, Bullock, Charles S., III. Congressional Elections and the Year of the Woman: Structural and Elite Influences on Female Candidates. Social Science Quarterly.76, (4), 749-762.1995.
  • Nollen, Stanley D., Quinn, Dennis P.. Free Trade, Fair Trade, Strategic Trade, and Protectionism in the U.S. Congress, 1987-1988. International Organization.48, (3), 491-525.1994.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0020818300028277 (DOI)
  • Grier, Kevin B., Munger, Michael C.. Comparing interest group PAC contributions to House and Senate incumbents, 1980-1986. Journal of Politics.55, (3), 615-643.1993.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Federal Election Commission (1986): Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1983-1984. Archival Version. Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.