Writing:National Political Organizations for Congress

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This page is a content-and-style guide about creating/improving articles on National political organizations. These are organizations like the DCCC and NRCC that are not Super PACs but are very similar.
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Infobox

National political organizations use the infobox template {{short organization profile}}. Below is the code which should be added to all profiles. For usage details, click here.

Code:

  • Copy and paste the code below. Fill in available information. If information is not available, leave the section blank.
{{Short organization profile
|name = 
|image = 
|president = 
|vice-president = 
|chairman = 
|political party = 
|year = 
|affiliated = 
|website = 
}}

Explanation

The parameters should be filled in as follows:

{{Short organization profile
|name = (name of the PAC)
|image = (logo)
|president = (president)
|vice-president = (vice-president)
|chairman = (chairman)
|political party = (party PAC is aligned with if any)
|year = (year PAC was formed)
|affiliated = (organizations PAC is affiliated with)
|website = (website)
}}

Intro

The introduction should have an opening sentence describing the mission statement and primary goals of the organization. Additionally it should contain any other basic information about it.

Example: The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is a national political organization. The committee focuses on building and maintaining a Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.[1]

[1] According to the NRCC website, the committee:

."..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."[1]

History

The history section should include any basic history about the organization, including when it was founded and by whom. Additionally, any large events or milestones of the organization can be listed here.

Leadership

The leadership section should describe the leadership structure of the organization and list the president, vice-president and chairman if available.

Issues

Some NPO's will have an issues page which describes issues they support/oppose. If they do, you should list them here.

Example: National Association of Scholars

2014 elections

The 2014 elections section should contain any news about the organization relating to the 2014 election in subsections (candidates supported, candidates opposed, programs, fundraising figures, etc.) Examples include the NRCC's Patriot Program or Young Guns program.

Example: NRCC 2014 elections

2012 elections

The 2012 elections section should generally be the largest section of the page. The intro of the section should include data about the group from Opensecrets.org if it is available. Following the info from open secrets, there should be a snip of the general election spending image if it exists.

Example: National Republican Congressional Committee

The following subsections should be included under the 2012 elections.

Programs and the candidates they endorse/target

There should be a section for any programs which endorse or target candidates. These sections should list all candidates endorsed or targeted and the results of the election.

Expenditures

This section should include an overview sentence describing the grand total of funds spent for/against Democrats/Republicans followed by a table of the top 10 largest expenditures of the organization. Data can be found at Opensecrets.org.

See National Republican Congressional Committee example

Campaign ads

Display any ads put out by the PAC in the election.

Donors

The donors section should be divided into two parts, the first being ====Organizations==== and the second being ====Industries====. These sections should list the top 5 donors and top 5 industries that donated to the PAC in 2012. Data can again be found at opensecrets.

Many NPO's will not have this data, as they are not required to disclose their donors. If there is no data on donors on opensecrets, there is no need for a donors section.

See National Republican Congressional Committee example for example code.

Recent news

The recent news section should contain the same code as is on incumbents, except with search terms just being the name of the organization.

Example code can be found on the National Republican Congressional Committee page.

External links

The external links section should include any links to the official website and any social media profiles of the site (facebook, twitter, youtube).

References

The references section is no different from on any other page and should only contain the {{reflist}} template. The {{congress}} template should then appear at the bottom of the page as well.

See also

References