Campaigns & Elections: Home

This page shows resources for exploring different aspects of federal electoral campaigns and elections.


•    Congressional Research Service Reports
Search ProQuest for the full text of all Congressional Research Service Reports, 1916-present. Use terms such as "campaign finance," "elections" or provided subject terms.
•    Government Accountability Office (Search elections or related topics)
The GAO is an independent, non-partisan agency that works for Congress to help ensure its performance and to ensure the accountability of the government for the benefit of all U.S. citizens.
•    The Presidential Commission of Election Administration’s “The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration,” (January 2014) was prepared as a result of Executive Order 13639, which established the Commission and defined its mission, and resulted from public hearing and consultations with state and local election officials, academic experts, and organizations and associations involved with voting or election administration.  
•    Internal Revenue Service: Tax Information for Political Organizations
Political parties, campaign committees for candidates for federal, state, or local office, and political action committees are all political organizations subject to tax under the Internal Revenue Code Section 527, but must release the names of donors. Issue-oriented social welfare groups formed under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) also can engage in advocacy and are not required to reveal donor names. Check the requirements and the filings for 527's and for 501(c)(4)'s.

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Page edited and updated by Julia Robbins, September 2015.