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How can you find a database of campaign donors?

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The Federal Election Commission provides an online database of campaign contributors, and many state election regulators provide similar services. Third-party websites, such as InsideGov.com and OpenSecrets.org also provide campaign contributor listings.

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To find campaign contributors on the FEC's website, click the Searchable Presentations link, and then use the Individual Contribution Search link to find donors by name. Use the advanced search option to see lists of all contributors in each state by leaving all the options blank, except for the state in question. Use the date options to confine your search to the relevant years, as the FEC does not confine its records to the current election cycle.

The FEC website also allows contribution searches by candidates and committees. Use the data catalog to see all available downloadable data, offered in multiple file formats, including XSD, CSV and XML.

InsideGov.com and OpenSecrets.org both offer campaign contribution listings along with a large amount of other data related to election financing and lobbying. For instance, along with data for congressional and presidential election candidates, OpenSecrets.org also provides directories of lobbying groups and their contacts, as well as a Revolving Door section, which tracks politicians that go back and forth between public office and the private sector.

State election bodies also provide campaign financing information at the state level, such as New York state's Board of Electors, which provides contributions lists, candidate information and also a database of active political fliers.

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