American National Election Studies
The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces high quality data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes.
Federal Election Commission
In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart (PVS) is a non-profit
research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States
. It covers candidates and elected officials in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test
), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements.