Election 2012


Starting Points Indexes and Directories Blogs Government Publications Issues Campaign Ads Campaign Finance/Federal Election Commission Election Statistics and Polls Interest-Groups News and Media Sites Editorials and Opinions Political Parties Research Centers and Other Educational Sites Voter Participation and Registration

Starting Points

  • FactCheck.org -- University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center -- Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major candidates and their supporters in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
  • Indecision Forever -- Comedy Central -- Video clips, interviews, a news blog, and other humorous resources from Comedy Central featuring "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report".
  • OpenSecrets.org - Money in Politics -- Center for Responsive Politics / opensecrets.org -- Non-partisan group is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Mission is to inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive governmentSite has listings of campaign finance filings. Includes Congressional Races, 2012 Presidential Election for the latest information.


Indexes and Directories

  • Legislatures and Elections -- National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) -- Breakdown of statistics and state-by-state analysis. (Need to create free account).


Blogs



Government Publications

  • Campaign Finance Reports and Data -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Contains extensive information on campaign funding for political candidates on federal and state levels, includes who is funding and how much was spent on the campaign, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • Elections 2012 -- U.S. State Dept., Foreign Press Center -- Briefings, news items, and background information on the 2012 U.S. presidential election as well as American election polictics in general.
  • Federal Campaign Finance Laws -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Outlines the federal laws governing the procedure of campaign finance, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • Presidential Campaign Finance -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Shows the amount of money each state has contributed thus far on the presidential candidates and their parties in the past two presidential elections, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • Registering to Vote and Voting -- U.S. General Services Admin. - USA.gov -- Covers absentee ballots in the United States and for uniformed and overseas citizens, registering to vote by mail, state election offices, state voter registration deadlines, voting rights and discrimination, and when to vote with polling hours by state.


Issues

  • FactCheck.org -- University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center -- Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major candidates and their supporters in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.


Campaign Ads

  • FactCheck.org -- University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center -- Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major candidates and their supporters in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.


Campaign Finance/Federal Election Commission

  • Campaign Finance -- Cato Institute -- Provides studies, books, commentaries, and legal cases about various aspects of campaign finance and campaign finance reform
  • Campaign Finance Institute -- Think tank for campaign finance policy, contains research about funding for specific candidates and laws governing campaign finance, provides charts and graphs presenting research results
  • Campaign Finance Links -- Center for Responsive Politics. OpenSecrets Blog -- Provides links to several different sites containing research on campaign finance, laws governing campaign finance, and campaign financing's role in government, section of the OpenSecrets Blog
  • Campaign Finance Reform -- American Civil Liberties Union -- States the ACLU's view on campaign finance reform and provides ways for citizens to advocate these reforms
  • Campaign Finance Reports and Data -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Contains extensive information on campaign funding for political candidates on federal and state levels, includes who is funding and how much was spent on the campaign, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • Campaign Finance Special Report -- Washingtonpost.com -- Summarizes the critical issues underlying the debate on and the ongoing criminal investigations in campaign finance
  • Campaign Finance in American Politics -- CampaignMoney.com -- Searchable database of campaign contributions for Presidential and Congressional candidates beginning in 2000. Information can be accessed by candidate, political action committee, or 527 organization.
  • Campaign Finances - Officials -- Project Vote Smart -- Provides a list of different politicians at the presidential, congressional, and other levels, and provides an overview for each politician that includes said politician's recent statements, stance on different issues, and campaign finance information
  • Federal Campaign Finance Laws -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Outlines the federal laws governing the procedure of campaign finance, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • OpenSecrets.org - Money in Politics -- Center for Responsive Politics / opensecrets.org -- Non-partisan group is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Mission is to inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive governmentSite has listings of campaign finance filings. Includes Congressional Races, 2012 Presidential Election for the latest information.
  • Presidential Campaign Finance -- U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) -- Shows the amount of money each state has contributed thus far on the presidential candidates and their parties in the past two presidential elections, section of the Federal Election Commission website
  • State of Tennessee: Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance -- Tennessee. Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance. Tennessee Registry of Election Finance -- Contains information on who funded recent Tennessee candidates for various offices in the government. Also contains information on how to participate in State and Local elections in compliance with Tennessee law


Election Statistics and Polls

  • Election 2012 -- PollingReport.com -- Up-to-date polling results from many polling groups.
  • Gallup Poll Election 2012 -- Gallup Organization -- Gallup poll about possible candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election.
  • Indecision Forever -- Comedy Central -- Video clips, interviews, a news blog, and other humorous resources from Comedy Central featuring "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report".
  • OpenSecrets.org - Money in Politics -- Center for Responsive Politics / opensecrets.org -- Non-partisan group is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Mission is to inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive governmentSite has listings of campaign finance filings. Includes Congressional Races, 2012 Presidential Election for the latest information.
  • Pollster.com -- Huffington Post -- Various polling, survey, and statistical information on the biennial elections.


Interest-Groups



News and Media Sites

  • 2012 Presidential Candidates -- Presidential-Canidates.org -- A liberal website, which focuses on the actions on the other side of the political spectrum.
  • Election 2012 -- Democracy Now! -- Alternative media source addressing recent issues and their relevance to the 2012 elections
  • Grist: Election 2012 -- Grist -- The latest articles and videos on the 2012 U.S. election from Grist, an environmentally focused news cite.
  • Indecision Forever -- Comedy Central -- Video clips, interviews, a news blog, and other humorous resources from Comedy Central featuring "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report".
  • Presidential Election 2012 -- Beyond Red & Blue -- Articles on the events of the 2012 Presidential election process from a perspictive of division of the United States into 10 demographic regions with unique political characteristics.
  • Republican Debate Transcript: Aired on June 13, 2011 -- CNN -- A transcript release from CNN of the Republican Primary debate in New Hampshire. Incudes responses from former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA), former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.
  • US Elections 2012 -- The latest news articles and videos about the 2012 U.S. election from the Guardian, a British news publication.
  • Why the 2012 Election Will be the Most Expensive Ever -- Julian Brooks -- Rolling Stone -- Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, the nation's top money-in-politics research organization, answers questions from Brooks about the Citizens United Supreme Court case, and the likely effects of it on spending in the 2012 election.
  • Will Election 2012 Hinge on Union Busting? -- Steve Benen -- Washington Monthly -- "When GOP governors this winter began trying to bust public employee unions, a pillar of Democratic electoral strength, it seemed like a diabolically savvy political move, the kind Karl Rove used to call a “game changer.” Yet in the weeks that followed, poll after poll showed voters siding with the unions over the governors. The Republican effort was particularly unpopular among groups like independents in Ohio who may well decide the 2012 elections."


Editorials and Opinions

  • A First Look at the 2012 Presidential Election -- William McKenzie -- The Dallas Morning News -- A non-partisan look at the strategies behind the presidential election process, with a particular focus on the 2012 election and possible Republican candidates.
  • Latino Surge Will Affect 2012 Election -- Naples News -- A response to the 2010 Census report, noting the demographic increase in potential Hispanic voters. The article asserts that this change will likely influence future elections, but notes that neither Republicans nor Democrats have changed their platforms to appease this growing voter block.


Political Parties

  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate - from grassroots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races.
  • Democrats.org / Democratic National Committee (DNC) -- The principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day to day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years, the DNC's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates, and not on public policy.
  • House Democratic Caucus -- The Democratic Caucus works with every Democratic member of the House of Representatives to help achieve consensus, bring their ideas and work to the forefront and ensure members have the tools they need to implement their goals. It is the only subgroup within the House of which every Democrat is a Member.


Research Centers and Other Educational Sites

  • FactCheck.org -- University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg Public Policy Center -- Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major candidates and their supporters in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
  • OpenSecrets.org - Money in Politics -- Center for Responsive Politics / opensecrets.org -- Non-partisan group is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. Mission is to inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive governmentSite has listings of campaign finance filings. Includes Congressional Races, 2012 Presidential Election for the latest information.


Voter Participation and Registration

  • Election Protection -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law -- Offers information about elections in order to inform voters of their rights
  • Registering to Vote and Voting -- U.S. General Services Admin. - USA.gov -- Covers absentee ballots in the United States and for uniformed and overseas citizens, registering to vote by mail, state election offices, state voter registration deadlines, voting rights and discrimination, and when to vote with polling hours by state.



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