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Last Updated: July 17, 2009
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Elections & Campaign Finance

2008 U.S. Congressional Elections

"Profiles on candidates for Congress, coverage of the elections, listings of local blogs for each state". Jointly sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Media and Democracy.

America Votes 2004

CNN site providing background and results on the Presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial races. Also, information on ballot initiatives.

American National Election Studies

Data on voting, opinion, and public participation of the American Electorate. It is a collaborative work of the University of Michigan and Stanford University with funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

C-SPAN's CampaignNetwork

C-SPAN site providing videos of presidential candidates campaign ads and events.

Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project

This site presents information developed by Caltech and MIT intended to improve the technical aspects of the United States voting system. It includes the full-text of their report, Voting-What Is, What Could Be.

Campaign Finance Institute

The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) is affiliated with George Washington University. It is an excellent source for current information on campaign finance reform.

The Campaign Legal Center

Provides information on proposed legislation and other legal aspects of campaign finance, elections, political communication, ethics, etc.

Center for Responsive Politics

The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan organization which tracks campaign contributions at both the federal and state level, and links contibutions to their effect on public policy.

Center for Voting and Democracy

The Center for Voting and Democracy is a non-partisan organization "that supports fair elections and studies how voting systems affect participation, representation and governance. It includes Mapping our Future: A Public Interest Guide to Redistricting a state-by state guide to redistricting in each state.

CNN Election Center 2008

Information source for the 2008 Presidential race. Includes profiles of the candidates, debates, issue positions, campaign finance information and much more.

Commission on Federal Election reform

Chaired by former President Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, this commission was charged with examining the electoral process in the United States and making recommendations to improve it.

Commission on Presidential Debates

Transcripts of all presidential and vice presidential debates since 1960.

CQ Politics

This site is maintained by the commercial publishing company, CQ Press. In addition to providing latest news on the campaigns, it has an election map, historical information on the presidential primaries, analysis of key house, senate, and governor races, profiles of the presidential candidates, campaign finance information, and analysis of key issues. MoneyLine

Congressional Quarterly, a major publisher of information regarding the US federal government, maintains this site providing campaign finance information on federal candidates, and campaign finance news.

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections

Provides the election results for presidential candidates since 1789. The summary data is free but some of the more detailed must be purchased.

Election Guide 2008

NYT site providing profiles of presidential candidates, their positions on major issues, and campaign finance information. Also has current news on the campaign and a detailed explanation of the primaries.

Election Statistics

Official federal vote counts for all federal elections since 1920 from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Elections 2006

Site maintained at the University of Michigan. Includes links to information on candiates, campaigns, policy issues, voting results.

Elections 2008: Candidates & Information

C-SPAN site providing information on federal and state races, campaign financing, campaign advertising for the presidential race, and more.

This site, maintained by experienced journalists affiliated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, is an excellent source for checking on claims made by political candidates and parties during the course of their campaigns.

Federal Election Commission

Site of the agency reponsible for collection campaign finance information for candidates for federal office.

Follow the Money

Site of the National Institute on Money and State Politics. Provides campaign finance information on state officeholders.

Initiative & Referendum Institute

Indepth non-partisan information on initiative and referendum issues. Concentrates on U.S. but with some internatinal coverage.

The New York Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment

Includes Maps of current and proposed NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, and congressional disrtricts as well as FAQs on the redistricting process in NYS.

NYS Board of Elections

Election results and campaign finance information regarding New York elected officials.

On The Issues

2008 U.S. Presidential and Congressional candidates' positions regarding the major issues.

Politics Online

Advice on how to use the Internet as a campaign tool.


Site analyzes the allegations of the presidential candidates. Joint project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is a non partisan organization which provides information on candidates for federal and state offices. The information provided includes biographical information on candidates, their position on key issues, ratings by interest groups, and summary campaign finance information. They also provide information on state initiatives and referenda.

RealClearPolitics (RCP)

Provides the text of commentary, news, pollling data, from all political viewpoints. Updated daily.

YouTube: You Choose '08

Source for videos on the presidential candidates and their positions on issues.

Voting America: United States Poltics, 1840-2008new resource

Created at the University of Richmond, this sites provides a series of cinematic maps and commentary analyzing presidential elections.

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General Collections

All Politics

Political news and analysis site maintained by CNN.


Excellent source for current information on US politics and government including State Election Information on the Web which has links to redistricting information for each state.

CQ Press in Context

This is a commerical site which provides some full text publications on current political topics. There are links to other free sites relevant to the issue and links to resources which require a subscription.


Site designed to provide access to alternative political viewpoints.

The Empire Page

News and information on NYS politics and government. Subscription required to access some of the information.

Non-partisan, issue oriented web site providing the major arguemts for and against significant national public policy issues.

Political Advocacy Groups

This site provides subject access to public advocacy groups. Includes a brief description of each group and a link to the group's web site.

Political Information

A search engine dedicated solely to finding information on politics and policy issues. Much of the political information is provided by links to either newspapers or public opinion journals. Much of the policy information comes from links to either think tanks or public interest groups.

Political Points

Collection of links to information on American politics, maintained by The New York Times.


Non-partisan site providing links to information on parties, candidates, ideological positions, issues, etc.

Washington Post On Politics

Analysis of political issues, campaigns, elections, and much more from The Washington Post.

Politics (Fox News)

Political news and analysis from Fox.

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Parties and Political Factions

Constitution Party

Communist Party U.S.A.

Democratic National Committee

Democratic Socialists of America

Green Parties of North America

Libertarian Party

New Party

Reform Party

Republican National Committee

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Public Opinion & Polling

The Gallup Organization

Web site of one of the most prestigious polling firms. Includes the results and analysis of recent polls and has a simple search engine.

Marist College Institute for Public Opinion

Polls covering NYC, New York State, and national politics as conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

The PEW Research Center

The Pew Research Center is an independent organization which conducts national surveys on the public's attitude towards the press, politics, and public policy issues. The web site contains the results and analysis of polls dating back to 1995.

Political and Opinion Magazines

Links to web sites of public opinion journals. Access to the full-text of articles in these journals varies from title to title.

Polling the NationsAccessible to University at Albany users only

The most comprehensive collection of polling data with 200,000+ questions and responses compiled from 12,000+ surveys conducted in the U.S. and 70 other countries. Coverage since 1986. Documentation on each poll can be found in the companion American Public Opinion Index (ULIB REF HM 261 A463).

Recent polling data from major polling organizations. Includes information on the sample size of the polls and a simple search engine.


Excellent source for polls on current national and statewide races. Also, FAQ provides information regarding the factors considered in the construction of polls and links to other relevant sites.

Public Agenda Online

Nonpartisan background information and polls on major public policy issues. A subject index facilitates locating information on a particular topic.

Quinnipiac College Polling Institute

Public opinion on political issues based on surveys of residents of New York State, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Washington Post Polls

Results and analysis of Washington Post polls conducted during the past year. The site includes a search engine.

Zogby International

Zogby International is a commercial firm which conducts polls on NYS and national political issues and persons.

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