Writing:Campaign donors for Congress

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to fill in campaign donor sections for articles about Congress. This is for previous years' campaign fundraising summaries. Candidates' campaign finance reports should also be included; for instructions on how to add these FEC reports, go to Writing:Campaign finance reports.
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Every incumbent should have campaign donor information from the prior election, at minimum. Over time, we will want to expand that to include multiple years.

The best website for campaign donor information is Open Secrets. There are several bits of information to include in a campaign donor section.

  • Overall sum of money raised for an election
  • Overall sum of money spent for an election
  • Overall sum of money raised by the opponent for an election
  • Overall sum of money spent by the opponent for an election
  • Top 5 donors by contributor
  • Top 5 donors by industry

More notes

  • The Congress Donor box is long and therefore, built to automatically collapse.
  • The information can be found at Open Secrets website here
  • Like with the election box, the template changes year to year. Such as:
{{Congress donor box 2006}} or {{Congress donor box 2004}}

Usage

Copy this code on the page


{{Congress donor box YEAR
|winner = 
|Chamber = 
|party = 
|total raised = 
|total spent =
|opponent raised = 
|opponent spent = 
|org1 = 
|org2 = 
|org3 = 
|org4 = 
|org5 = 
|orgdonor1 = 
|orgdonor2 = 
|orgdonor3 = 
|orgdonor4 = 
|orgdonor5 = 
|ind1 = 
|ind2 = 
|ind3 = 
|ind4 = 
|ind5 = 
|inddonor1 = 	
|inddonor2 = 
|inddonor3 = 
|inddonor4 = 
|inddonor5 = 
|}}

Explanation

Here is an explanation for each parameter.


{{Congress donor box YEAR
|winner = This designates whether the candidate won the election, Y for yes N for no.
|Chamber = This is the title of the box
|party = The party of the official
|total raised = Total amount of money raised by the candidate/official during that campaign period
|total spent = Total amount of money spent by the candidate/official during that campaign period
|opponent raised = Total amount of money raised by the major opposition during that campaign period
|opponent spent = Total amount of money spent by the major opposition during that campaign period
|org1 = Name of the organization that gave the most money
|org2 = Name of the organization that gave the second most money
|org3 = Name of the organization that gave the third most money
|org4 = Name of the organization that gave the fourth most money
|org5 = Name of the organization that gave the fifth most money
|orgdonor1 = Amount of money given by org1
|orgdonor2 = Amount of money given by org2
|orgdonor3 = Amount of money given by org3
|orgdonor4 = Amount of money given by org4
|orgdonor5 = Amount of money given by org5
|ind1 = Name of the industry that gave the most money
|ind2 = Name of the industry that gave the second most money
|ind3 = Name of the industry that gave the third most money
|ind4 = Name of the industry that gave the fourth most money
|ind5 = Name of the industry that gave the fifth most money
|inddonor1 = Amount of money given by ind1
|inddonor2 = Amount of money given by ind2
|inddonor3 = Amount of money given by ind3
|inddonor4 = Amount of money given by ind4
|inddonor5 = Amount of money given by ind5
|}}

Example

Here is a filled in example

{{Congress donor box 2012
|winner = Y
|Chamber = U.S. House, Alabama District 1
|party = Republican
|total raised = $1,140,567
|total spent = $1,263,168
|opponent raised = $18,015
|opponent spent = $15,646
|org1 = Northrop Grumman
|org2 = University of South Alabama
|org3 = European Aeronautic Defence & Space
|org4 = Blue Cross/Blue Shield
|org5 = Balch & Bingham
|orgdonor1 = $20,000
|orgdonor2 = $14,800
|orgdonor3 = $11,000
|orgdonor4 = $10,750
|orgdonor5 = $10,500
|ind1 = Real Estate
|ind2 = Health Professionals
|ind3 = Lawyers/Law Firms
|ind4 = Leadership PACs
|ind5 = Retired
|inddonor1 = $68,750
|inddonor2 = $68,375
|inddonor3 = $59,200
|inddonor4 = $52,000
|inddonor5 = $50,050
|}}

Example


Additional info

Election winners

In addition to the box, the campaign donor section for each year should contain an introductory sentence stating how much was raised and spent and a sentence comparing that to the average spent by election winners.

Additionally it should feature a cost per vote section, which states the amount spent per vote received. Cost per vote is calculated by taking the total money spent divided by the number of votes received and rounding to the nearest cent.

Full example

The following is an example of how the 2012 donor section of an incumbent profile should look. It is taken from Martha Roby's profile.

2012

Roby won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Roby's campaign committee raised a total of $1,035,717 and spent $862,502.[1] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[2]

Cost per vote

Roby spent $4.78 per vote received in 2012.

See also

References