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Campaign finance statistics (Pre-1989)

Data tables prior to 1989 are not available in the same format as later data and were not published at regular periods.

Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988Final Report: 1988 Congressional Campaigns Shows $459 Million Spent 10/31/1989
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988Preliminary Report: $458 Million Spent by 1988 Congressional Campaigns 02/24/1989
01/01/1987 – 10/18/1988FEC Releases 1987-88 Pre-General Election Figures for U.S. Senate and House Campaigns 11/04/1988
01/01/1987 – 06/30/1988FEC Releases 1987-88 18-Month Congressional Figures 08/11/1988
01/01/1987 – 03/31/1988Updated: FEC Releases 15-Month Figures on 1988 Congressional Campaigns 05/02/1988
01/01/1987 – 03/31/1988FEC Releases 15-Month Figures on 1988 Congressional Campaigns 05/02/1988
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1987FEC Provides Financial Data on 1988 Congressional Candidates 02/23/1988
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988FEC Releases Final Report on 1988 Presidential Primary Campaigns 08/25/1989
01/01/1987 – 06/30/1988Presidential Primary Spending at $200 Million Mark 08/18/1988
01/01/1987 – 05/31/1988Over $190 Million Spent on Presidential Race 07/08/1988
01/01/1987 – 04/30/1988Presidential Campaign Costs Exceed $180 Million Through April 05/31/1988
01/01/1987 – 03/31/1988FEC Releases Third Monthly Summary Report on 1988 Presidential Spending 05/02/1988
01/01/1987 – 02/29/1988Second Monthly Presidential Reports Show Spending Over $146 Million 04/12/1988
01/01/1987 – 01/31/1988FEC Releases First Monthly Report on 1988 Presidential Spending 04/06/1988
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1987FEC Releases Information on 1987 Presidential Spending 02/11/1988
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988FEC Final Report Shows Republican Party Doubles Democrats' Reports in 1987-88 10/31/1989
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988Preliminary Report: FEC Summarizes 1988 Political Party Activity 03/27/1989
01/01/1987 - 10/19/1988FEC Releases National Party Committee Finances Through Mid-October 11/03/1988
01/01/1987 – 06/30/1988FEC Releases 18-Month Party Spending Figures for 1987-88 Election Cycle 08/29/1988
01/01/1987 – 03/31/1988National Republican Party Financial Activity Declines…Still Overshadows Democrats 06/24/1988
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988FEC Final Report Finds Slower Growth of PAC Activity During 1988 Election Cycle 10/31/1989
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988FEC Releases 1988 Mid-Year PAC Count 01/13/1989
01/01/1987 – 06/30/1988FEC Releases 18-Month PAC Figures for the 1987-88 Election Cycle 09/08/1988
01/01/1987 – 06/30/1988FEC Releases 18-Month PAC Count 07/18/1988
01/01/1987 – 03/31/1988FEC Releases 15-Month PAC Figures 06/22/1988
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1987FEC Releases 12-Month PAC Count 01/18/1988
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1987 – 12/31/1988Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1985 – 12/31/19861986 Congressional Spending Tops $450 Million 05/10/1987
01/01/1985 – 10/15/1986FEC Provides Pre-Election Summary 10/31/1986
01/01/1985 – 03/31/1986FEC Releases 15-Month Financial Data for ’86 Elections 05/12/1986
01/01/1985 – 06/30/1985FEC Releases Six-Year Summary on 1986 Senate Incumbents 01/31/1986
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1985 – 12/31/1986FEC Releases Political Party Figures for ’86 Figures 05/31/1987
01/01/1985 – 10/17/1986FEC Reports Financial Status of National-Level Party Committees 10/29/1986
01/01/1985 – 06/30/1986Party Activity Shows Decline 08/10/1986
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1985 – 12/31/1986FEC Releases First Complete PAC Figures for 1985-86 05/21/1987
01/01/1985 – 06/30/1986FEC Releases 18-Month PAC Study for ’86 Elections 09/07/1986
01/01/1985 – 06/30/1986FEC Releases New PAC Count 07/14/1986
01/01/1985 – 12/31/1985PAC Numbers Continue to Drop in 1985 01/20/1986
01/01/1985 – 06/30/1985PAC Numbers Show Slight Drop in 1985 08/19/1985
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1985 – 12/31/1986Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1985 – 12/31/1986Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Releases Final Report on 1984 Congressional Races 12/08/1985
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Releases Interim Report on 1984 Congressional Races 05/16/1985
01/01/1983 – 06/30/19841984 Congressional Campaigns Set Record Spending Mark 10/21/1984
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984Final 1984 Presidential Statistical Report Released 06/04/1986
01/01/1983 – 06/30/1984FEC Issues Sixth Detailed 1984 Presidential Report 11/29/1984
01/01/1983 – 04/30/1984FEC Issues Fifth Detailed 1984 Presidential Report 09/05/1984
01/01/1983 – 03/31/1984FEC Issues Fourth Detailed 1984 Presidential Report 07/20/1984
01/01/1983 – 02/29/1984FEC Issues Third Detailed 1984 Presidential Report 06/19/1984
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1983FEC Issues First Detailed 1984 Presidential Report 04/18/1984
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Final 1984 Report Shows Republicans Still Hold Financial Lead 12/05/1985
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Interim Report: Democrats Narrowed the Financial Gap in 1984 Party Activity 05/07/1985
01/01/1983 – 10/17/1984FEC Releases Political Party Spending Figures through October 17, 1984 11/04/1984
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Final Report for '84 Elections Comfirms Majority of PAC Money Went to Incumbents 12/01/1985
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Interim Report: PAC Support of Incumbents Increases in '84 Elections 05/19/1985
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Says PACs Top 4,000 for 1984 01/28/1985
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Releases New PAC Figures 01/20/1984
01/01/1983 – 06/30/1984FEC Releases 18-Month PAC Study 10/26/1984
01/01/1983 – 06/30/1984FEC Issues 1984 Mid-Year PAC Growth Figures 08/24/1984
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1983FEC Releases New PAC Figures 01/20/1984
01/01/1983 – 06/30/1983PAC Growth Rate Slows; Count Stands at 3,461 07/28/1983
Press Releases
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984FEC Reports 1983-84 Independent Spending Activity 10/04/1985
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1983 – 12/31/1984Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982FEC Releases Final Report on 1981-82 Congressional Elections 12/02/1983
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982FEC Releases Data on 1981-82 Congressional Spending 05/02/1983
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982Interim Report: FEC Reports Republicans Outspent Democrats by more than 5-to-1 in '82 Elections 04/26/1983
01/01/1981 – 10/13/19821982 Congressional Races Set Record Spending 01/07/1983
01/01/1981 – 06/30/19821982 Congressional Campaigns Spent Record Amount 10/06/1982
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982FEC Final Report for 1981-1982 Confirms Republicans Outspent Democrats 5 to 1 12/03/1983
01/01/1981 – 11/22/1982FEC Releases Information on 1981-82 National Party Activity 01/28/1983
01/01/1981 – 06/30/1982FEC Releases First Interim Report of 1981-82 Party Activity 10/07/1982
01/01/1981 – 06/30/1982National GOP Continues to Lead Democrats in Fundraising 08/30/1982
01/01/1981 – 03/31/1982GOP Committees Lead in Fundraising 06/25/1982
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982FEC Publishes Final 1981-82 PAC Study 11/29/1983
01/01/1981 – 12/31/19821981-82 PAC Giving Up 51% 04/29/1983
01/01/1981 – 11/22/1982FEC Releases New PAC Tallies 01/28/1983
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982PACs Increase in Number 01/14/1983
01/01/1981 – 10/13/1982PAC Activity Increases 01/06/1983
01/01/1981 – 06/30/1982FEC Releases First Full PAC Study for '82 Elections 10/03/1982
01/01/1981 – 06/30/1982PACs Raise Over $138 Million in 18 Months - Exceeding '80 Efforts 08/05/1982
01/01/1981 – 06/30/1982Federal Election Commission Releases PAC Figures 07/12/1982
01/01/1981 – 03/31/1982PAC Contributions Exceed $22 Million 06/30/1982
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1981PACs Increase at Declining Rate 01/17/1982
Press Releases
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982FEC Issues Final Report on 1981-82 Independent Spending 10/14/1983
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982Independent Spending Increases 03/22/1983
01/01/1981 – 03/31/1982Independent Expenditures Approach $2 Million 06/23/1982
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1981 – 12/31/1982Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Releases Final Statistics on 1979-80 Congressional Races 03/07/1982
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Interim Report: Costs of Campaigning Increase 08/10/1981
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980Preliminary Report: FEC Reports Total Spending Figures for 1980 Congressional Races 03/29/1981
01/01/1979 – 11/30/1980FEC Releases Updated 1980 Senate and House Spending Figures Showing Increase Over 1978 01/21/1981
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Reports on 1979-80 Senate and House Financial Activity 10/01/1980
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Releases Final Report on 1980 Presidential Primary Activity 11/15/1981
01/01/1979 – 05/31/1980FEC Releases Seventh Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 07/29/1980
01/01/1979 – 04/30/1980FEC Releases Sixth Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 06/20/1980
01/01/1979 – 03/31/1980FEC Releases Fifth Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 05/23/1980
01/01/1979 – 02/29/1980FEC Releases Fourth Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 04/25/1980
01/01/1979 – 01/31/1980FEC Releases Third Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 03/21/1980
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1979FEC Releases Second Report on Financial Activity for Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 02/22/1980
01/01/1979 – 09/30/1979FEC Releases First Report on Selected 1980 Presidential Candidates 01/25/1980
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Releases Final Figures on 1979-80 Major Political Party Activity 02/21/1982
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Releases Updated PAC and Major Party Data 10/29/1980
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Releases Political Party Information 10/10/1980
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Issues Final Summary Data on PAC Giving 08/04/1981
01/01/1979 – 10/15/1980FEC Releases New PAC Spending Figures for '80 Elections 03/29/1981
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980PAC Count Continues to Grow 01/16/1981
01/01/1979 – 11/24/1980FEC Updates PAC Spending Figures 01/13/1981
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Releases Updated PAC and Major Party Data 10/29/1980
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Reports on Business and Labor Spending 10/23/1980
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Releases Information on 1979-80 PAC Activity Interim Report # 9 09/25/1980
01/01/1979 – 06/30/1980FEC Releases 1979-80 PAC Financial Activity 07/30/1980
01/01/1979 – 05/31/1980FEC Releases Preliminary Figures on 1979-80 PAC Financial Activity 06/18/1980
Press Releases
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980FEC Study Shows Independent Expenditures Top $16 Million 11/29/1981
01/01/1979 – 10/31/1980Independent Expenditures Top $12 Million 10/31/1980
01/01/1979 – 10/01/1980FEC Releases Information on Independent Expenditures 10/09/1980
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1979 – 12/31/1980Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978FEC Releases Interim Study on 1977-78 U.S. Senate and House Campaign Financial Activity 06/29/1979
01/01/1977 – 11/27/1978FEC Releases 1977-78 U.S. Senate and House Campaign Financial Activity 01/30/1979
01/01/1977 – 10/27/1978FEC Releases Summaries of 1977-78 U.S. Senate and House Campaign Financial Activity 11/03/1978
01/01/1981 – 09/28/1978FEC Releases First Interim Study on 1977-78 U.S. Senate and House Campaigns 09/02/1978
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978FEC Releases Final Report on 1977-78 Financial Activity of Non-Party and Party Political Committees 04/24/1980
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978FEC Releases Year-End 1978 Report on 1977-78 Financial Activity of Non-Party and Party Political Committees 05/10/1979
01/01/1977 – 06/30/1978Correction: FEC Releases Mid-Year Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 09/07/1978
01/01/1977 – 06/30/1978FEC Releases Mid-Year Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 09/07/1978
01/01/1977 – 02/28/1978FEC Releases Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 04/09/1978
01/01/1977 – 09/30/1977FEC Releases 1977 Data on Political Party Committees 03/05/1978
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978FEC Releases Final Report on 1977-78 Financial Activity of Non-Party and Party Political Committees 04/24/1980
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978FEC Releases Year-End 1978 Report on 1977-78 Financial Activity of Non-Party and Party Political Committees 05/10/1979
01/01/1977 – 11/27/1978Corrected: FEC Releases New Interim Summaries of Non-Party Political Committee 1977-78 Financial Activity 01/30/1979
01/01/1977 – 11/27/1978FEC Releases New Interim Summaries of Non-Party Political Committee 1977-78 Financial Activity 01/24/1979
01/01/1977 – 09/30/1978FEC Releases Summaries of Non-Party Political Committee 1977-78 Financial Activity 11/02/1978
01/01/1977 – 06/30/1978Correction: FEC Releases Mid-Year Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 09/07/1978
01/01/1977 – 06/30/1978FEC Releases Mid-Year Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 09/07/1978
01/01/1977 – 02/28/1978FEC Releases Report on Political Committee Financial Activity 04/09/1978
01/01/1977 – 09/30/1977FEC Releases 1977 Data on Political Committees 02/08/1978
Press Releases
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1977 – 10/10/1978FEC Releases Index of 1977-78 Independent Expenditures 11/03/1978
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1977 – 12/31/1978Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Index on 1976 House Candidates 10/02/1977
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Index on 1976 Senate Candidates 05/03/1977
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Index on 1976 Presidential Campaign 06/05/1977
01/01/1975 – 08/31/1976FEC Issues Presidential Campaign Finance Summaries 09/21/1976
01/01/1975 – 06/30/1975FEC Lists Candidates' Finances 09/29/1975
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Indexes on Communication Costs and Party Finances 04/27/1977
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976Correction: FEC Releases Index on Labor-Related Political Committees 02/09/1978
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Index on Labor-Related Political Committees 02/06/1978
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Index on Corporate-Related Political Committees 09/18/1977
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976FEC Releases Two Indexes 04/14/1977
01/01/1975 – 10/18/1976FEC Releases Index of Corporate/Union Internal Communications 10/28/1976
01/01/1975 – 10/10/1976FEC Releases New Computer Print-out of Contribution Data 10/22/1976
Press Releases
Coverage period Description Published date
01/01/1975 – 02/28/1977FEC Releases Index of Independent Expenditures 03/23/1977
01/01/1975 – 10/10/1976FEC Releases Updated Index of Independent Expenditures 10/27/1976
Data summaries
Coverage period Description Export
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by FEC-Registered Political Committees)excelpdf
01/01/1975 – 12/31/1976Independent Expenditure Summary (IEs Made by Persons other than Political Committees)excelpdf