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Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1989-1990: Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data

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

    These data offer information on the campaigns of all individuals who registered under the Federal Election Campaign Act as 1989 or 1990 candidates for the United States Senate or House of Representatives. Also included are some individuals who were certified by the appropriate state authorities as official Senate or House candidates in a 1989 or 1990 primary, runoff, or general election but who had not registered with the Federal Election Commission. Information is provided on the filer's gross receipts, disbursements, debts, and cash on hand. Information on particular party and non-party committee support of candidates is included as well. The congressional campaign data contain variables on 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 nonparty political committee data contain summary information for committees including the committee name, special interest group classification, receipts, cash and in-kind contributions, and total expenditures for or 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: Nonparty Committee Spread Data
    • DS6: Nonparty Committee Crosstabs Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989 / 1990
    Time period: 1989--1990
  • Collection date: 1991
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All campaigns and political party committees associated with United States Congressional elections in 1989 and 1990.
Collection Mode
  • For each of the three main types of data in this collection-- House/Senate, party political committee, and nonparty 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. Amendments submitted by candidates, filers, and party or nonparty political committees after August 4, 1991, are not included in these files.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9828 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09828.v1
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    • ID: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.1996.tb01408.x (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.

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

Federal Election Commission (1992): Campaign Expenditures in the United States, 1989-1990: Reports on Financial Activity (RFA) Data. Archival Version. Campaign Expenditures in the United States Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.