Elections/Politics

2020 ELECTION RESOURCES

Campaign Ethics: A Field Guide
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University has produced non-partisan, how-to book for candidates and political consultants on how to run an ethical campaign. It’s helpful for journalists who hope to better understand how ethics apply to the upcoming 2020 presidential elections.

Voter Data Tipsheet
Resources from NICAR 2018.

RCFP Elections Legal Guide

American Public Media: Representing US Demographics Tool
Features a series of data about potential voters.

American Public Media: Representing US Voting Tool
Includes candidates appearing on the November ballot, with a special focus on women candidates. Learn about the households that will elect—and be represented by—the new House in our Representing US tools.

Civic
Politico offers a great suite of open source data creation tools for covering the elections.

ProPublica/Google ElectionBot
Use the Firehose tools to pull all kinds of campaign finance data and more.

OpenStates.org
Search for bills or legislators across all states.

Marist Poll Academy
A free resource for journalists (and others) that provides practical information about polling that’s critical to accurate reporting. It offers courses on understanding, explaining and interpreting poll data.


OTHER ELECTION AND POLITICS RESOURCES

Twitter Election Index

Google Trends: Midterm Elections
Data galore on what people are searching for on election-related topics.

ProPublica: Primer on Voter ID Laws
Public opinion surveys from around the world.

Civic: Politico Elections Data Management Tools
A great suite of open source data creation tools for covering the elections.

State Campaign Finance Databases
Search this interactive maps to find them.

Illinois Elections Data
Useful campaign data on Illinois elections, managed by Scott Kennedy, a former Democratic campaign worker.

Washington Post Fact-Checker Blog

Politwoops
Dutch site that catalogs deleted tweets by politicians. May have issues translating into English.

MSNBC Politics: Candidate Brain Trusts
Profiles of the top advisers to the presidential candidates.

NYT Campaign Finance Database API

FindLaw: Election 2008
Video, stories, documents and other materials relating to the 2008 Presidential Election.

National Association of State Election Directors

Women’s Media Center: Guide to Gender Neutral Coverage of Women Candidates and Politicians
Downloads as a .PDF.

Scoop: Voting Advice

University of Michigan: Election Maps 2008
Analysis of voting maps, FAQ, etc.

League of Women Voters: Vote411.org
Voting information by state: deadlines, polling finders, ballot measures and more.

Federal Election Commission

FEC: How the Electoral College Works

FairVote.org
Operating for many years as the Center for Voting and Democracy, FairVote was founded in 1992 and tracks voter turnout, and research reports on election administration, among other things.

ProPublica: Trump Town Appointees Database
Search appointees, staff, etc. in this database and their employment histories.

Pew Internet & American Life Project
An initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life.

MAPLight.org: Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.

WSJ: 2008 Campaign Fundraising Totals
Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.

FedSpending.org
Use this database to track what companies receive federal grants and contracts. You can sort by state, district, agency, etc.

HuffingtonPost.com: Fundrace
Use this interactive map and database to track presidential contributions by zip code, party, candidate,

USA Today Campaign Finance Tracker

Sunlight Foundation
Political watchdog group that tracks lobbyists and fundraising.

Everyzing
This search tool finds campaign-related audio/video.

Perspctv.com
Tracks news mentions, blog mentions and tracks other information on the presidential candidates.

Tech President
A great blog run by the Presidential Democracy Forum that tracks various campaign sites, postings on YouTube, etc. A great snapshot of how candidates are using the web.

PBS/YouTube: Video Your Vote
Site invites you to share your voting experience with a video post. Some of the best videos will be featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Election Day.

SimpleElection
Embed widgets on your site to localize coverage.

WebMD: Compare Presidential Candidates’ Health Stances

PBS Frontline: The Choice 2008
An in-depth look at the presidential candidates.

Open Congress: 50 Key Senate Votes

PolitiFact.com Truth-o-Meter
A project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, created the site to help voters separate fact from falsehood in the 2008 presidential campaign. Journalists and researchers from the Times and CQ will fact-check the accuracy of speeches, TV ads, interviews and other campaign communications.

Pollster.com

Harris Interactive Client News
Links to poll results on political issues.

Zogby International
Polling information on elections and other issues. Has a good newsroom section.

Twenty Questions Journalists Should Ask About Poll Results

FiveThirtyEight Pollster Blog
Named for the number of votes in the Electoral College, this blog is written by pollster Nate Silver, managing partner or Baseball Prospectus who created a system for making baseball player performance predictions.

Electoral-Vote.com
Computer science professor tracks state polls and provides a graphic summary of the electoral vote outlook.

All About Redistricting
A comprehensive guide to the process of drawing electoral lines, allowing users to drill down state-by-state. Created by Justin Levitt teaches Law of the Political Process and Constitutional Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Vote-Smart.org
Covers candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.

Political Irony: Humor and Hypocrisy from the World of Politics
A blog with political cartoons, videos, commentary, etc.

Campaign Legal Center
FEC proceedings, media policies, redistricting, court cases, blog, press releases, links and other resources.

The Cato Institute
A non-profit public policy research foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Institute is named for Cato’s Letters, a series of libertarian pamphlets that helped lay the philosophical foundation for the American Revolution.

Common Cause
Election watchdog organization.

Black Box Voting
Voting watchdog group.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Election Protection
The nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition.

CJR Campaign Desk
A Columbia Journalism Review blog devoted to watchdogging the media.

Opensecrets.org
A fantastic site for researching campaign financing statistics.

Sunlight Foundation: Influence Explorer
From Marylaine Block: “Type in the names of lawmakers, corporations, or individuals here to find out who is providing the most funding for your congressional candidates.”

Campaign Finance Information Center
Use the handy image map to call up information by state.

Federal Election Commission Home Page
Loaded with contribution statistics.

FEC: Detailed Files About Candidates, Parties and Other Committees
Information on contributors, including city, state and ZIP.

Politics1.com
Links to various races around the country.

FOIA.gov Data Page

The Progressive
Liberal political site.

Democratic National Committee

Republican National Committee

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Twitter Vote Report
Track wait times and other voting news live.

PBS NewsHour

National Public Radio
Several great resources for political coverage.

Congressional Quarterly’s Campaigns & Elections Magazine

The Hill
Magazine covers Capitol Hill.

Roll Call
Another publication covering Congress.

PBS Frontline: Government and Elections
A collection of companion Web sites on various political topics.

Dirty Money
The Environmental Working Group’s site shows which elected representatives get the biggest contributions from the filthiest polluters. A dynamite database.

Guide to Public Opinion Poll Websites
Links galore from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

PollingReport.com
A clearinghouse of election polls. Updated whenever they come out.

Voting in America: 1840-2008
Interactive maps, commentary and analysis on voting patterns.

C-SPAN Politics: Campaign 2008

E-Democracy
Election news, information and links.

Cursor.org
A handy collection of news and political stories.

Journalist’s Resource: Primer on Capitol Hill Lobbying

Beliefnet: The 12 Tribes of American Politics
Survey breaks down 12 religious voting blocs.

AAAS: Science & Technology in the 2008 Election
From the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Counter Punch Political Newsletter
Great commentary and super links section to political, economic and media sites.

Reliable Resources
Search state-by-state for political stories. Run by the Pew Center and USC.

Center for Public Integrity
A D.C. watchdog group that explores many issues and special interests.

E-Democracy: U.S. Elections
An excellent politics portal.

National Review Online

Campaign Finance Institute
Resources galore, including congressional statistics back to 1978, breaking news, interest groups, disclosure, election coverage and more.

FactCheck.org
Annenberg’s political fact-checking resource.

CNN’s Morning Grind

C-SPAN Politics: Campaign 2008

Congressional Accountability Project
Site, which claims to fight corruption in Congress, offers information ranging from pay and perks to ethics.

Record Verification for Political Candidates
Check a candidates military record, etc.

National Personnel Records Center
A central repository of personnel-related records, both military and civil service. The site’s mission is to “provide world-class service to government agencies, military veterans, former civilian Federal employees, family members, as well as researchers and historians.”

Washingtonpost.com’s On Politics
A deep site that includes a searchable database of all political races, sorted by state and federal levels.

CNN’s AllPolitics site
Another great site for following the elections.

OpenDemocracy.net
A non-profit site who’s aim is to stimulate debate on global issues. It is non-partisan and presents a range of views on any subject. For journalists, it is an invaluable source of quality background information on international relations, European and Islamic cultures, world opinion and much more. The media section currently features a multi-article debate on journalism and war, and a world media monitor of news coverage on SARS and the war on Iraq.

MSNBC Politics Page

BusinessWeek
Where to get coverage on Election Day.

Memeoandum
Focusing primarily on U.S. politics and current affairs, this site auto-generates a news summary every five minutes, drawing on experts and pundits, insiders and outsiders, media professionals and amateur bloggers.

MSNBC: MySpace Decision ’08 Page

U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Voting Rights Laws

Youth04.org
Targeted to voters 18-25. Studies, discussions, etc. Hosted by the Center for Democracy and Technology but run by college students.

Stump
The Poynter Institute built this site to cover the California recall but continued it for the presidential campaign. Features various blogs, coverage, advertising, etc.

League of Conservation Voters
Scorecard on environmental issues.

The Libertarian Party

CapSteps.com: Political Satire

Politics1.com

Past Inaugural Addresses

Presidential Libraries

Library of Congress: American Memory

TRAC Government Site
A super site developed by Syracuse University to guide you to and through several government sites, including the IRS, FBI, DEA and ATF.

TruthOut
A free politics and social issues newsletter.

The National Journal
A weekly on politics and government published in Washington, put out a Guide to the Web in its Dec. 8, 2001 issue that probably would be helpful because it includes lots of government sites.

The Political Network

Pop and Politics

WebWhiteBlue.org
Site’s no longer live but is archived.

Media Research Center
A dynamite site that has some commentary on media coverage of the political scene.

Issues2000.org
Easy-to-use site to check where candidates stand on issues.

Counter Views
Run by a group of conservative political commentators who have have been in politics each for about two decades, this site has been used by many national media outlets. One hosts a political TV show, anotherhosts a political radio show, one is a Hoover Institute fellow and the otherthe former head of a west coast conservative think tank. Topics have included education reform, Enron, John Walker and campaign politics.

ThisNation.com
Dozens of resources for tracking politics.

Policy.com
Non-partisan site offers “unbiased news and analysis.” It includes some great research and analysis on policy issues such as education, technology, environment and healthcare.

VoteLink.com
Votelink highlights current topics and newsmakers. Organized by business, politics, teen vote, etc.

Taxpayer.net
An advocacy group that touches on a variety of current issues. Includes links to news stories all over the globe.

Tax Policy Center

SelectSurf Politics Links
Links to several great politics sites.

The Political Graveyard
This page tells us where dead politicians are buried. Search by name, state, cemetery name, etc.

Spinsanity
This site breaks down political spin.

Center for Policy Alternatives/StateAction.org
Washington think tank.

Beyond Red and Blue: 2011 Pew Research Political Typology

University of Michigan Library: Political Science Resources

Influence Explorer
From the Sunlight Foundation, OpenSecrets.org, and the Project on Government Oversight, this site tracks voting trends of politicians. Great first-stop for tracking conflicts of interest or investigating a politician.

Institute for Public Accuracy
As a nationwide group of policy researchers. Great source for public policy issues!

History and Politics Out Loud
A database of famous political speeches, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon. Search by speech title, speaker’s name or date. Note: Your browser may need plug-ins to hear the audio.

California Voter Foundation
News, stats and studies.

NATO News.com
Dozens of global news updates and helpful links.

Capitol Hill Blue
Political news with a twist.

Statenet.com

Andrew Sullivan
A good politics site with an edge — usually enjoyed by liberals, conservatives and moderates alike.

Mickey Kaus’ KausFiles.com
Links, story ideas and spin from an author and public policy guru.

Adherents.com
A religion site that includes a list of religions of past presidents.

Political Site of the Day
From Totalnews.com.

American Rhetoric: Top Political Speeches of All-Time
Download video from the “speech bank.”

SnagFilms
Browse political programming and other videos.

Talking Points Memo
Political commentary from Josh Marshall, a Washington, D.C.-based writer and former Washington Editor of the American Prospect. His articles on politics and culture have appeared in The American Prospect, The Columbia Journalism, Review, Feed, The New Republic, The New York Post, The New York Times, Newsday, Salon and Slate, among others.

Front Page.com
A right-wing political site edited by David Horowitz.

Sports Illustrated: Political Arena Politics
Essay on how sports and politics relate, photo galleries of athletes turned politicians.

TomPaine.com
A political journal with links to professional and personal posts.

The Rothenberg Political Report

HuffingtonPost.com
A good political site from the syndicated political columnist.

Taxpayers for Common Sense
Watchdog group on wasteful government spending. Site includes a media page and is organized by categories such as government contracts, energy, transportation, national security, etc.

Columbia Journalism Review Campaign Desk

Ballot-Access.org

National Absentee Ballot Guide

DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Citizen Media Law Project: Guide to Covering 2012 RNC and DNC
Resources galore for covering the political conventions.

Politifact Truth-o-Meter
Who’s lying. Who isn’t.

Democratic National Convention

2012 Election Central: Democratic National Convention

2012 Election Central: Republican National Convention

Journalist’s Resource: Presidential Conventions, Candidate Evaluations and Related Dynamics
From Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

ELECTION 2016 RESOURCES

Democratic National Convention

Republican National Convention

Follow the Money
Track campaign finance money

Dark Money: The Rise of Dark Money in U.S. Elections
Links, data, tools and other resources for investigating dark money.

MediaShift: Beyond Delegates and Polls: Using Data to Tell Election Stories

Journalists Resource: Political Reporting Syllabus

CPJ: Steps to Stay Safe During RNC and DNC

NPPA: Resources for Covering Political Conventions

POLITICAL ADVERTISING RESOURCES

PBS: The 30-Second Candidate
A look inside political advertising. Historical timeline, transcript of show. Create your own ad.

Political Ad Media Buying
Harvard professor on political ad buying strategy.

Google Trends Data Store
Download .csv files on Google search trends, including many relating to the election.

ELECTION 2014 RESOURCES

AllAreGreen.us Browser Extension
A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system. Oh, and it was built by a 16-year-old coder.

ELECTION 2012 RESOURCES

Patchwork Nation
From the Jefferson Institute, this site divides America’s 3,141 counties into 12 community types based characteristics, such as income level, racial composition, employment and religion. It also breaks the nation’s 435 congressional districts into nine categories, using the same data points and clustering techniques.

ProPublica PAC Track
Follow contributors and spending with political action committees.

Chicago Tribune Election Center
Tracks state, local and national elections.

Washington Post: Mention Machine
Tracks Twitter and media mentions of candidates.

YouTube Politics Page

U.S. Election Atlas
A pay site that’s full of past election statistics, including county-by-county presidential election results going back to the 1960s.

Unpartial
Analyzes polarization of political issues, news and statements.

ABC News OTUS Site
Covers politics and elections “Of the United States” (OTUS).

AP Stylebook: U.S. Elections Style Guide
AP breaks out election styles in an easy-to-use cheat sheet.

Des Moines Register: Storify of Iowa Caucuses

Washington Post Politics Coverage
In-depth coverage from the campaign trail., including blogs and other commentary.

The Caucus: NY Times Political Blog

The Trail: Washington Post Political Blog

LA Times: Top of the Ticket Blog

Chicago Tribune: The Swamp Blog
Political blog with a focus on the national elections.

CNN Cafferty File Blog
Political analyst Jack Cafferty’s blog is often updated several times a day.

RealClearPolitics
Culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass. The site’s political commentary, blogs, election analysis and polling averages have been featured in several national media outlets, including The New York Times, FOX News, CNN, The Economist, etc.

Politico.com
Covers politics in three areas: Congress and the constant flow of agendas, personalities and power struggles that define daily life on Capitol Hill; the 2008 presidential campaign; lobbying and advocacy.

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Daily Dish
Andrew Sullivan’s political blog.


PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

New York Times: Most-Used Words in Presidential Inaugural Addresses
From 1789 to the present.

Inauguration Blog

Bartleby: Inauguration Speeches of Past Presidents
Searchable database of speeches.

Library of Congress: Presidential Inaugurations
“I Do Solemnly Swear . . .”: Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to George W. Bush’s inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Library of Congress: Inauguration Dates
Great for quick reference.

infoPlease: Inauguraton File
A treasure trove of facts and background, including media coverage, famous addresses, inaugural trivia, and life after the presidency.

WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Includes history and traditions with the ceremony.

WikiPedia: Inauguration Day
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a chronological chart of details of details from past ceremonies.

TeacherVision: History of Presidential Inaugurations

CNN: Interactive Inauguration Event Map

National Archives: Office of Strategic Services Personnel Files

History Matters: FDR’s 1933 Inauguration Speech
Famous speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt given in Washington, D.C., March 4th, 1933. “We have nothing to fear … but fear itself.”

Poynter.org: Inauguration Resources List

MSNBC: Estimating Large Crowds
Steve Doig of Arizona State University uses a process to estimate large crowds. He uses Obama’s Presidential Inauguration as an example.

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