IRE/NICAR Tipsheet No. 98
Basic Resources For Campaign Finance Stories
By: Chuck Babcock
Campaign Money: The Federal Election Commission, office of public records, 999 E St.
NW, Washington, (202) 219-4140; The Center for Responsive Politics, and the affiliated
National Library on Money and Politics (202) 857-0044.
Personal Money: Each member of Congress, most senior member of their staffs, and
executive branch officials have to file annual personal financial disclosure statements by
May 25 for the preceding year. The Clerk of the House (202-225-1300) and the Senate's office
of public records (202-224-0762) keep six years worth of the filings. (The House also prints
them up so they are available back to 1979).
Experts: Besides the above sources, several attorneys and academics are usually
willing to answer technical questions about the campaign laws and/or be quoted on issues
about money and politics and ethics. This is by no means a comprehensive sample.
(all numbers area code 202 unless another listed)
Herb Alexander - USC prof, presidential money, (213) 743-5211
Jan Baran - Republican Party lawyer, 429-7330
Robert Bauer - Democratic Party Attorney, 434-1602
Kent Cooper - Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics, 857-0044
Chuck Lewis - Executive Director, Center for Public Integrity, 783-3900
Kenneth A. Gross - former FEC enforcement counsel, 371-7007
Michael Josephson - ethics institute, (213) 306-1868
David Magleby - Brigham Young University, (801) 378-3432
Thomas Mann - Brookings Institute, 797-6050
Fred Wertheimer - Common Cause, 833-1200
Favorite Tip - There are many ways a special interest group can help a politician. So
when looking at a public official, look at all his/her money, personal finances, favorite
charity, real estate holdings (which often don't have to be reported on a financial
disclosure statement) as well as campaign money. There may be connections there worth
exploring. Good hunting.
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