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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1987-1988: Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Federal Election Commission
Other Title
  • Version 2 (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

    These data are produced in conjunction with Federal Election Commission (FEC) Reports On Financial Activity (RFA) and are taken directly from campaign finance reports filed by political committees and others required to file under the federal election laws. The data present summary information concerning filers' gross receipts, disbursements, debts, cash on hand, etc. They also include information on particular party and non-party committee support of individual candidates. The data for United States congressional campaigns supply summarized information about the campaign, including 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. The party and non-party political committee data contain summary information for committees including 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 and Senate 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
  • 1987-01-01 / 1988-12-31
    Time period: 1987-01-01--1988-12-31
  • 1987-01-01 / 1989-08-04
    Collection date: 1987-01-01--1989-08-04
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
(1) Campaigns of all individuals who have registered with the FEC under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) as 1987 or 1988 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 1987 or 1988 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 FEC.
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 FEC.
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 contains one or more records per campaign or committee. For each candidate/filer or committee/candidate combination, there is a separate record that summarizes information about contributions and expenditures for or against a candidate. Data in this collection will not include any amendments to reports covering the period January 1, 1985 through December 31, 1986, that were received by the FEC after January 1988.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9315 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09315.v1
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    • ID: 10.1017/S0020818300028277 (DOI)

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

Federal Election Commission (1990): Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1987-1988: Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data. Version 2. Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.