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    campaign spending records

    Is there a way to find out where campaign money is/was spent? I looked up the FEC filings and they are 3000 pages and it appeared to be a list of who donated and how much.

    What I am trying to find is something that shows where the millions of money donated was spent. It went somewhere and I'd just like to know exactly where it was directed.

    Tks.



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    I think there was a nice article on the spending on Daily Paul ... may have to do some searching but I think it was there. The author of that could be of assistance

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    I put them in descending order of value in the code box below, here they are in original order:

    http://query.nictusa.com/pres/2007/Y...C00432914.html

    Code:
      BULK MAIL PRINTING/PROCESSING/POSTAGE             $4,329,007.44 
      RADIO SPOT EXPENSE        $3,092,519.89 
      TELEVISION SPOT EXPENSE/PRODUCTION       $2,192,292.56 
      TELECOMMUNICATIONS   $1,514,587.03 
      TELEVISION SPOT EXPENSE          $906,702.32 
      SALARIES       $532,929.25 
      CREDIT CARD CONTRIBUTIONS PROCESSING FEE      $483,249.47 
      SIGNS/SIGN SUPPLIES         $451,796.19 
      PAYROLL TAX EXPENSE     $394,600.75 
      AIRLINE TRAVEL      $380,840.50 
      REIMBURSEMENT EXPENSES        $328,504.73 
      CONSULTING-POLITICAL FIELD WORK             $320,851.92 
      CAMPAIGN SHIRTS              $247,442.55 
      FREIGHT/SHIPPING EXPENSES      $220,911.91 
      LIST RENTAL/PURCHASE    $220,046.04 
      FREIGHT         $206,369.07 
      BULK PRINTING-SLIM JIMS           $202,890.00 
      BULK PRINTING       $160,250.28 
      CAMPAIGN BUTTONS/STICKERS/ETC     $125,910.00 
      TRAVEL-HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS        $93,714.69 
      CREDIT CARD PAYMENT    $83,578.41 
      PRINT ADVERTISING           $81,980.87 
      RENT EXPENSE         $81,872.63 
      CONTRIBUTION REFUND   $80,699.08 
      WEB DESIGN/HOSTING/MAINT     $76,789.60 
      BALLOT ACCESS COORDINATOR            $74,783.08 
      CAMPAIGN BUTTONS         $59,668.00 
      BOOKS/MAGAZINES            $56,960.00 
      PRINTING-CAMPAIGN BROCHURES        $56,233.00 
      POLLING EXPENSE              $47,500.00 
      TELEPHONE EXPENSE         $46,800.57 
      FILING FEE     $40,125.00 
      CAMPAIGN CAPS     $39,432.00 
      VOLUNTEER FOOD CARDS            $36,335.95 
      CATERING      $34,724.68 
      CAUCUS FILE            $32,458.00 
      COMPUTER SUPPLIES/EXPENSE   $30,777.95 
      POLITICAL FIELD COORDINATOR            $27,000.00 
      PRINTING - PUSH CARDS   $26,000.00 
      CAMPAIGN SHIRTS/JACKETS        $25,528.00 
      OFFICE SUPPLIES     $21,543.08 
      PRINTING - CAMPAIGN FLYERS   $17,503.00 
      EMAIL SERVICES      $15,375.42 
      FOOD EXPENSE        $12,805.45 
      ACCOUNTING SERVICES    $12,766.00 
      BUMPER STICKERS/BANNERS       $12,425.11 
      CAMPAIGN SHIRTS/JACKETS/BANDS      $12,350.00 
      CONVENTION/CAUCUS RESEARCH         $12,281.25 
      TRAVEL EXPENSE    $11,987.14 
      GENERAL POSTAGE EXPENSE       $11,245.51 
      PRINTING-FUNDRAISING LETTER            $11,187.64 
      TRAVEL-CAR RENTAL         $11,160.29 
      SECURITY ACCOMODATIONS      $10,690.95 
      PETITION COORDINATION            $10,000.00 
      COMMITTEE MEMBER HANDBOOK         $10,000.00 
      VIDEO/DVD PROCESSING   $8,143.95 
      MILEAGE EXPENSE              $7,365.78 
      GASOLINE      $6,321.73 
      REIMBURSE TRAVEL EXPENSE      $6,115.51 
      2140     $5,980.00 
      PHOTO SHOOT          $5,086.00 
      VOTER FILE LISTS    $5,000.00 
      SPEAKING FEES        $5,000.00 
      EVENT TABLE RESERVATION        $4,650.00 
      SPONSORSHIP          $4,500.00 
      MEDIA EXPENSE       $4,359.03 
      VIRGINIA UNEMPLOYMENT TAX             $3,936.07 
      AUDIO TAPE DUPLICATION           $3,039.28 
      VIRGINIA PAYROLL TAX WITHHELD       $2,683.45 
      STRAW POLL TICKETS        $2,250.00 
      REIMBURSE PHONE EXPENSE       $2,116.90 
      AUDIO/VISUAL EXPENSES             $1,904.25 
      PARKING EXPENSE              $1,850.80 
      CLEANING EXPENSE           $1,800.00 
      PETITIONER   $1,696.00 
      IN-KIND: DUPLICATOR/MAIL SUPPLIES              $1,675.00 
      INSURANCE EXPENSE         $1,634.13 
      LEGAL FEES   $1,603.50 
      BOOTH RENTAL        $1,530.00 
      ENTERTAINMENT     $1,500.00 
      REIMBURSE OFFICE SUPPLIES      $1,493.81 
      SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE          $1,478.00 
      SUPPLIES        $1,221.82 
      UTILITIES       $1,110.15 
      IN-KIND: HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS       $1,000.00 
      IN-KIND: FOOD FOR EVENT          $944.15 
      SOUND SYSTEM RENTAL/EXPENSES       $900.00 
      SERVICE CHARGE    $845.00 
      REIMBURSE FOOD EXPENSE         $839.87 
      NEWSPAPER ADS     $766.20 
      NEWSWIRE EXPENSES        $675.00 
      FRAMING       $643.27 
      FLAGS             $577.32 
      GIFT ITEM      $565.18 
      WRITING CONSULTANT     $500.00 
      HONORARIUM          $500.00 
      GRAPHIC DESIGN/ARTWORK        $500.00 
      WORKSHOP FEE       $475.00 
      TRAVEL-TAXI EXPENSE      $437.35 
      PROGRAM ADVERTISEMENT         $435.00 
      IN-KIND: CATERING            $368.23 
      LICENSE FEE             $343.00 
      MAINTENANCE        $300.00 
      CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION-CITY COUNCIL RACE     $259.19 
      IN-KIND: BANNER/DISPLAY, DVD            $256.63 
      REIMBURSE POSTAGE EXPENSE   $245.24 
      PAYROLL PROCESSING FEES        $223.20 
      COMPUTER SUPPLIES         $193.00 
      COPY PRODUCTION            $174.89 
      FUNDRAISING COMMISSION        $122.25 
      ELECTION MAPS      $88.00 
      ADVERTISEMENT     $75.00 
      FLOWERS       $51.97 
      COMPUTER ACCESS SERVICE       $49.90 
      VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS     $40.00 
      REIMBURSE PARKING EXPENSE   $28.00 
      BULK MAIL POSTAGE\PROCESSING        $-   
      CAMPAIGN BADGES            $-   
      NO PURPOSE WAS SUPPLIED        $-   
      TOTAL             $17,748,451.25
    Last edited by colecrowe; 02-20-2008 at 10:24 PM.
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    same basic info presented differently on the following site:

    http://opensecrets.org/pres08/expend...906&cycle=2008

    and there's this too:


    Last edited by colecrowe; 02-20-2008 at 10:24 PM.
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    LOOK AT THIS BS STORY [In fact, Paul raised almost TWICE as much from small donors (those giving less that $200) (61% Paul, 32% Obama)]:

    From small donors come big rewards
    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...495,full.story

    Grass-roots giving is reshaping campaign fundraising, and Barack Obama has been particularly adept at cultivating it.

    * * *
    According to the following graph,
    Ron Paul raised 72% of his money came from donors giving less that $1,000; he only raised 8% of his money from donors giving $2,300 or more.
    Obama raised 46% of his money from donors giving less than $1,000; he raised 33% of his money from donors giving $2,300 or more.


    http://www.cfinst.org/pr/prRelease.aspx?ReleaseID=177

    Last edited by colecrowe; 02-21-2008 at 12:03 AM.
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    wait a minute...why don't the percentages add up on the above graph?

    *edit: nevermind, I'm dumb: it's because 2,300 or above includes 1,000 or above in it.
    Last edited by colecrowe; 02-20-2008 at 10:47 PM.
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    HOW TO READ THIS CHART: This chart lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates. Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization's members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors - like EMILY's List and Club for Growth - make for particularly big bundlers.


    Obama top contributors:
    http://opensecrets.org/pres08/contri...638&cycle=2008

    Goldman Sachs $421,763
    Ubs Ag $296,670
    Lehman Brothers $250,630
    National Amusements Inc $245,843
    JP Morgan Chase & Co $243,848
    Sidley Austin LLP $226,491
    Citigroup Inc $221,578
    Exelon Corp $221,517
    Skadden, Arps Et Al $196,420
    Jones Day $181,996
    Harvard University $172,324
    Citadel Investment Group $171,798
    Time Warner $155,383
    Morgan Stanley $155,196
    Google Inc $152,802
    University of California $143,029
    Jenner & Block $136,565
    Kirkland & Ellis $134,738
    Wilmerhale Llp $119,245
    Credit Suisse Group $118,250


    Ron Paul top contributors:
    http://opensecrets.org/pres08/contri...906&cycle=2008

    US Army $68,817
    US Navy $57,076
    US Air Force $52,371

    Google Inc $51,382
    Microsoft Corp $46,079
    US Postal Service $31,054
    Lockheed Martin $26,754
    Boeing Co $24,388
    At&T Inc $22,398
    IBM Corp $19,177
    Verizon Communications $18,399
    Hewlett-Packard $18,014
    Apple Inc $17,314
    Intel Corp $16,751
    Northrop Grumman $16,067
    General Electric $15,788
    General Dynamics $15,584
    Cisco Systems $14,702
    US Dept of Defense $14,338
    Wachovia Corp $14,231
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    http://www.opensecrets.org/industrie...=N&sortorder=U

    Donations from Lobbyists:
    Top 20 Presidential Candidates

    Election cycle: 2008

    1 Clinton, Hillary (D) $627,800
    2 McCain, John (R) $370,715
    3 Dodd, Christopher J (D) $240,625
    4 Romney, Mitt (R) 236,775
    5 Giuliani, Rudolph W (R) $224,150
    6 Richardson, Bill (D) $177,800
    7 Biden, Joseph R Jr (D) $116,110
    8 Thompson, Fred (R) $105,500
    9 Obama, Barack (D) $80,409
    10 Hunter, Duncan (R) $31,150
    11 Edwards, John (D) $27,250
    12 Thompson, Tommy (R) $17,800
    13 Huckabee, Mike (R) $7,714
    14 Vilsack, Thomas J (D) $1,250
    15 Tancredo, Tom (R) $250
    16 Paul, Ron (R) $200

    END OF LIST
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    CREDIT CARD CONTRIBUTIONS PROCESSING FEE $483,249.47

    That is definitely a larger number than it should be. One of the problems of a lot of small donations.
    http://goprising.com/ft/campaigns/newGOP/ - Join the GOPrising! Tell your friends! See the Ron Paul bandwagon grow!

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    HOW TO READ THIS CHART: This chart lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates. Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization's members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors - like EMILY's List and Club for Growth - make for particularly big bundlers.


    JOHN MCCAIN (R)

    Top Industries
    http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/in...424&cycle=2008

    1 Retired $5,029,806
    2 Lawyers/Law Firms $2,557,661
    3 Securities & Investment $2,166,796
    4 Real Estate $1,993,164
    5 Misc Finance $995,013
    6 Health Professionals $720,198
    7 Business Services $665,669
    8 Commercial Banks $630,854
    9 Misc Business $463,460
    10 TV/Movies/Music $443,677
    11 Lobbyists $422,376
    12 Insurance $321,531
    13 Education $304,927
    14 Computers/Internet $304,522
    15 Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $293,558
    16 Civil Servants/Public Officials $271,446
    17 Construction Services $236,356
    18 Oil & Gas $231,160
    19 General Contractors $219,538
    20 Accountants $212,027


    RON PAUL (R)
    Top Industries
    http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/in...906&cycle=2008

    1 Retired $973,304
    2 Computers/Internet $661,853
    3 Health Professionals $479,878
    4 Misc Business $438,860
    5 Misc Finance $327,547
    6 Education $327,086
    7 Real Estate $299,877
    8 Other $272,250
    9 Business Services $264,085
    10 Securities & Investment $255,052
    11 Lawyers/Law Firms $237,275
    12 Civil Servants/Public Officials $211,117
    13 Construction Services $170,571
    14 General Contractors $138,817
    15 Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $131,142
    16 Hospitals/Nursing Homes $125,782
    17 Printing & Publishing $116,716
    18 TV/Movies/Music $109,931
    19 Insurance $97,338
    20 Special Trade Contractors $95,986
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