Money & Politics
For better or worse--and we believe worse--big money is playing an increasingly pivotal role in electoral politics, thanks in large part to lax campaign finance laws and Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United that enable corporations and groups to spend unlimited dollars to impact elections and skirt reporting requirements. Because knowing who is attempting to buy power and influence via campaign contributions is more critical than at any time in our nation's history, we've created a page that provides easy access to federal, state and local campaign contribution and expenditure information. We invite you to access the sites below and learn all you can about money and politics.
Federal Elections 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.
The FEC website features a wide array of databases and graphic presentations that provide in-depth information about federal candidates, contributors, political parties, PACS, Super-PACS, and independent expenditures. View all the FEC's campaign finance data by clicking on the pic below.
The Secretary of State (SOS) is Ohio's chief election official. The SOS accepts and maintains a database of campaign finance reports filed by candidates for the General Assembly, state political action committees (PACs), state political parties and legislative caucus campaign committees.
The SOS also produces and distributes campaign finance forms and handbooks, and administers the state's election laws. Click on the links below to reach the SOS searchable campaign finance database and to view download related forms and publications.
Click on the icon to view/download/print the contribution limits for Ohio candidates, parties and PACS.
Open Secrets is among the best non-governmental sources of campaign finance information in the nation. Created by the non-profit, non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets provides access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy. The sites' extensive databases enable users to search by candidate, PAC, party, contributor, industry, and group. To visit the site click the button below.