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2008 Presidential Election Candidates on the Issues
"The following is a general guideline to the candidates' positions on some of the top issues." This site includes a chart of basic positions on issues.

The 51st State: The State of Online
This is an article by Laura Gordon-Murnane published in November/December 2007 and is available on the web. This article provides information about internet and other technologies that are used for the presidential campaign and how voters can use them.

American National Election Studies
"The mission of the American National Election Studies (ANES) is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure many variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time."

Campaign Finance Information Center
This site provides links to state offices that provide campaign finance information online. "The Campaign Finance Information Center is dedicated to helping journalists follow the campaign money trail -- on the national, state and local levels." It is supported through grants.

Campaign Finance Reports and Data
The Federal Election Commission maintains this Web site that provides access to information about campaign contributions for individual candidates.

Campaign U.
"The Chronicle of Higher Education is a source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators." It provides information about the 2008 elections.

Campaigns & Elections
This magazine describes the politics of the current time.

CampaignMoney.com
"The purpose of campaignmoney.com, a non-partisan web site, is to make available in the easiest way possible the names of financial donors to federal political campaigns. These records are a matter of public record provided by the Federal Election Commission."

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The Center for Public Integrity: The Public integrity
"The mission of the Center for Public Integrity is to produce original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable."

Center for Responsive Politics
"Here's the place for head-to-head comparisons of the candidates in every U.S. House and Senate race this year. You can compare the candidates by the size and source of their contributions, the industries and interest groups that supported them, where the money came from geographically, and much more."

Commission on Presidential Debates
"The Commission on Presidential Debates was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States leading presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the general election debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004."

CNN.com: America Votes 2008
The Cable News Network provides information on presidential election primaries, candidate information, and recent news on the 2008 Presidential election.

Comparison of the Presidential Candidates
On Key Issues of Concern to the U.S. Small Business and Entrepreneurial Sector
"Have presidential candidates--Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama-- provided ample detail with respect to their positions and platforms on key small business issues?" This article provides a comparison of McCain and Obama on issues that affect small businesses such as trade & Global Market Access, Taxes, Workplace Reform and Regulation, Health Care Reform, and more.

CQPolitics
"Congressional Quarterly Inc. has been the nation's leader in political journalism since 1945. Over that time the company has built a peerless reputation for objective, non-partisan and authoritative reporting on Congress and politics, and today stands on the leading edge of information companies publishing in both print and online platforms."

Democracy in Action
The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs sponsors this site which highlights issues from recent presidential campaigns.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
The mission of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee "is to elect more Democrats to the United States Senate." "We are the largest organization committed to electing a Democratic Senate in the country. From grass-roots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to increase the number of Democratic Senators."

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Election Statistics
"Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories. These documents, out of print for many years, have been collected and scanned in a format to make them once again available to researchers and students."

Elections 2008
The University of Michigan Documents Center, University Library maintains this Web site which links to information sources about campaign finance, platforms, primaries, public opinion polls, policy issues, and results.

Elections 2006
The University of Michigan Documents Center, University Library maintains this Web site which links to information sources about campaign finance, platforms, primaries, public opinion polls, policy issues, and results.

Elections 2004
The University of Michigan Documents Center, University Library maintains this Web site which links to information sources about campaign finance, platforms, primaries, public opinion polls, policy issues, and results.

Elections 2000
The University of Michigan Documents Center, University Library maintains this Web site which links to information sources about campaign finance, platforms, primaries, public opinion polls, and results.

FactCheck.org
FactCheck.org is a "nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases."

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Federal Election Commission
This site contains information on campaign finance reports, reporting forms, filing information, elections and voting. In addition, users can search candidate and PAC/party summaries by state, party, office, or name.

Follow the Money
"The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Their comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available for free through our Web site FollowTheMoney.org. They encourage transparency and promote independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large."

Internet Public Library: US Elections
This list of links to information about elections is selected and maintained by librarians at the School of Information Science, University of Michigan.

Issue Coverage Tracker
On this site you can "review press coverage and opinion writing on the presidential candidates and the major issues of the 2008 campaign." Navigate through the information by clicking on a candidate and an issue, then selecting the date range you want the information to cover.

Map the Candidates
"Slate is a daily magazine on the Web. Founded in 1996, they are a general-interest publication offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, and culture."

Missouri Election Archives
This site provides election results for the state of Missouri.

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The National Republican Congressional Committee
"The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is a political committee devoted to increasing the 203-member Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives" "The NRCC is organized under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. It supports the election of Republicans to the House through direct financial contributions to candidates and Republican Party organizations; technical and research assistance to Republican candidates and Party organizations; voter registration, education and turnout programs; and other Party-building activities."

National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee
"The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is a "political committee" established by Republican Members of the United States Senate to help Republican candidates develop the campaign resources they need for 2006 so we can maintain and grow our majority in the United States Senate."

The New York Times: Election 2008
This page shows the two presidential candidates opinions on major issues that have a great impact on many citizens. The issues include abortion, climate change, economy/taxes, education, energy, health care, housing, immigration, iran, iraq, judges, and more. The page also contains the opinions of the candidates' running mates and the party platforms.

Opensecrets.org - Money in politics data
"The Center for Responsive Politics[, the author of this site,] is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. The Centers work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government. Support for the Center comes from a combination of foundation grants and individual contributions. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses or labor unions."

P 2008: Race for the White House
This site provides a framework for understanding and following the 2008 Presidential campaign including presidential campaign news; links to primaries and debates; information about the candidates; party agendas; media coverage; and statistical projection about voters.

Pew Research Center
"The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan 'fact tank' that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings."

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Political Money Line
This site provides information abut campaign finance (elections and donors) using the Federal Election Commission's files.

Political Science Resources
A political science librarian at the University of Michigan Library has created this Web site which links to sources of information about campaign finance, election results, and state election resources.

Political Science: Information on Candidates, Legislators, and Issues
These links to information abut elections, candidates, and issues have been reviewed and compiled by a librarian at O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University.

Politico and Campus Politico
"This site focus on three arenas. The first is Congress and the constant flow of agendas, personalities and power struggles that define daily life on Capitol Hill. The second is the 2008 presidential campaign, a race already churning and one likely to shape history in ways far beyond the typical election. The third is lobbying and advocacy, a part of the capital economy undergoing rapid growth and change. It is a business alive with interesting and influential characters whose impact is dimly understood and insufficiently covered."

Politics1.com
"Founded in 1997, Politics1 is published as a non-partisan public service to promote fully informed decision-making by the American electorate."

Politifact.com
"PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates' speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate." Besides the long list of reporters and researchers they identify checking the facts, they also provide the standards of proof they use to test statements made by the politicians they cover and how their truth-o-meter works.

PollingReport.com
This site provides a "state-by-state election poll data: campaign polls, media polls, academic polls, and polls by political, business, and public-interest groups. The topics covered include the presidential race, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, hot U.S. House races, interesting ballot initiatives, and more. New surveys are added as they are released, and data stretching back to the 1998 election cycle remain accessible to subscribers."

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Presidential Candidate Selector Candidate Positions
"Contrast and compare the views, statements, and voting records of the people running for president on the most important issues and problems facing America. Be sure to use the Presidential Candidate Selector to see which would-be president most agrees with you on the issues."

Project Vote Smart
"Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense system to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings."

TechPresident
"TechPresident is a new group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and vice versa, how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign."

U.S. Census Bureau: Voting And Registration
"Information on reported voting and registration by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics is collected for the nation in November of congressional and presidential election years in the Current Population Survey (CPS). Detailed information from recent surveys and historical trends in selected areas are included. Estimates and projections of voting-age population derived from administrative records and Census 2000 are also provided."

U.S. Department of State: Elections 2008
This site is managed by the Bureau of Public Affairs and contains information and data on foreign press center announcements, foreign press center briefings, U.S. election process, political parties/candidates,presidential candidate biographies, U.S. election process, Congressional elections, foreign policy, role of minority groups, election calendar, polls, elections trivia, and many other links.

Vote411.org
"Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a 'one-stop-shop' for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process: Absentee ballot information, Ballot measure information (where applicable), Early voting options (where applicable), Election dates, Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races, General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye, ID requirements, Polling place locations, Registration deadlines, Voter qualifications, Voter registration forms and Voting machines. An important component of VOTE411.org is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the poll location for the voting precinct in which that address is located. The League has found that this is among the most sought after information in the immediate days leading up to, and on, Election Day."

Voting And Registration
"Information on reported voting and registration by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics is collected for the nation in November of congressional and presidential election years in the Current Population Survey (CPS). Detailed information from recent surveys and historical trends in selected areas is listed below. Estimates and projections of voting-age population derived from administrative records and Census 2000 are also provided."

Wikipedia: Comparison of United States presidential candidates, 2008
"This article compares the presidential candidates in the United States' 2008 presidential election." This article compares the biographical data; views on the economy, foreign policy, energy and environmental issues, and domestic issues; as well as general information about the candidates, their parties, their running mates, and campaign sites.

Youtube: You Choose '08
This site provides videos on candidate interviews, questions, candidate responses to these questions and the public thought for these questions.

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