New! - 2006 data available for Arizona and Maine

Conference on Public Election Funding held January 28-29, 2006, at the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin.
(click here for video and transcriptions )

Welcome to the home page of the Wisconsin Campaign Finance Project. Our purpose is to provide researchers with authoritative data on public election funding programs throughout the U.S. We focus on state legislative races and the New York City Council.

As of February 2004, we have posted campaign spending and election data for Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota (partial), Nebraska, New York City (partial), and Wisconsin. We will update the data frequently. Click on the Data button on the left to see what is available.

"An important new source of systematic data on public financing of state and local elections. It will be of immense assistance to scholars, journalists, activists and policymakers as they explore post-BCRA issues of campaign finance reform."

-Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in  Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution


"At the core of much of the campaign finance reform debate is a presumption that public funding of elections will improve the process--that it will help make elections more competitive and that it will attract more (and better) candidates. However, there are few data that help to determine whether that's true. Ken Mayer's Campaign Finance Project changes that. With his web site, we have for the first time a set of data that will help answer these critical questions. It's an invaluable resource for probing the truly central issues."

-Don Kettl, Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, UW-Madison, and Chair of  the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Campaign Finance Reform (Kettl  Commission I, 1997)