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ARCHIVE: Election 2002
Use these specific election resources as well as those in the section below. 2002 Election Explorer
Part of the OnPolitics site, this site is an interactive guide to this year's Senate, House and gubernatorial races. Search articles by race, state and an image map breaks down the congressional races by state.

Leadership Directories: Bios, Congressional Candidates and Gubernatorial Candidates

This site allows you to track spending for ballot initiatives.

Council of State Governments: Election 2002 Directory
Lists of ballot initiatives by state, numerous chats from the The Book of the States, 2002.

U.S. House Clerk痴 Office: Election Statistics 1920-2002 Directory
The official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories.

National Governors Association: Directory, Guide to the Governors' Races

Secretary of State Offices Directory
Many of these offices contain live election return sites/databases.

StateVote 2002 Directory
A fantastic site for researching campaign financing statistics.
Includes campaign finance research and a clearinghouse of key FOIA sites.

FEC Info/Political Moneyline
Search PAC, soft money, lobby databases and more.

Federal Election Commission Home Page
Loaded with contribution statistics.

Public Interest Research Groups
Consumer protection, environmental groups, dangerous toys, etc.

Dirty Money
The Environmental Working Group's site shows which elected representatives get the biggest contributions from the filthiest polluters. A dynamite database.

Congressional Accountability Project
Site, which claims to fight corruption in Congress, offers information ranging from pay and perks to ethics.

Health Care Politics
Shows how health care money flows on in politics.

Gallup Polls
Lists of polls, politics section and business/economy section.

EmergencyNet News Today
Site monitors current and potential political, social an natural crises.

C-Span Public Affairs on the Web

Reliable Resources
Search state-by-state for political stories. Run by the Pew Center and USC.

The Democratic National Committee

The Wall
Kimberly Blaker痴 nationally syndicated column on church and state.

The Official Republican Party Home Page

The Republican National Committee

The Libertarian Party

Conservative News Service
Places emphasis on its political position.

Best Practices in Journalism: Fostering Better Politics Coverage
Hundreds of video clips, seminars and tips sheets on covering politics.

The Virtual Trail: Political Journalism on the Internet
A 76-page .PDF file.

The Political Compass
Fill out this form to find out what political party you should be in. A fun site!
A news site with a twist of humor. It's legit, though.

PBS NewsHour

National Public Radio
Several great resources for political coverage.

Congressional Quarterly's Campaigns & Elections Magazine

The Hill
Magazine covers Capitol Hill.

Roll Call
Another publication covering Congress.

Poynter's Campaign/Election Resource File

PBS: The American President

Presidents of the United States

Past Inaugural Addresses

Presidential Libraries

Library of Congress: American Memory

White House National Cybersecurity Plan (.PDF)
A .PDF of the White House national cybersecurity plan, with the coverage focusing on the federal government, consumers and private industry.

TRAC Government site
A super site developed by Syracuse University to guide you to and through several government sites, including the IRS, FBI, DEA and ATF.

The Public i
A super investigative site from the Center for Public Integrity. Features studies, links to stories, commentaries and more.

Public i's State Soft Money Contributions
Soft money: Total contributions given to state political party committees in the 1999-2000 election cycle The sites is a joint project of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity and Center for Responsive Politics, and the Montana-based National Institute on Money in State Politics. It's the first attempt to calculate the large amounts of cash flowing in and out of state and local party committees. Example: Political parties registered at the state level raised more than $600 million during the 2000 elections.

American University Campaign Finance Download Site
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.

Campaign Finance: Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania (Issue Ads)

Campaign Study Group


PoliticalMoneyLine - CQ

The Center for Public Integrity: Special Interest Politics in State Legislatures
Articles and books on groundbreaking investigation into this area. Example: One center study revealed lobbyists spent at least $570 million impacting legislation.

Hotline Scoop
Published by -- they do the Hotline, a daily news summary of just about every political issue in just about every state and nationwide from just about all media sources. It's an expensive subscription, but you can get a free one on this site.

A mailing list of politics, encryption and technology issues.
Use this image map and database to find your polling place.