Presidential Election 2008:

 

Researching the Candidates

 

(The contents of this document were compiled by Lee McLaird, LWVBG member and Curator of Rare Books at BGSU's Center for Archival Collections.)

 

Non-Partisan Election Sites on the Internet

 

            CNN: America Votes 2008

                        http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/

 

            Information about the candidates and the election.  Includes links to news

            stories and analysis.

 

            P2008: The 2008 Presidential Campaign

                        http://www.gwu.edu/~action/P2008.html

 

            Includes links to candidates’ web sites, new sites about the election,

            information about the political parties, analysis of the campaign, etc.

 

League of Women Voters

http://www.vote411.org/

 

Resource guide for information about voting and candidates.

 

            Librarians’ Index to the Internet:

                        http://lii.org/

 

            Links to a wide variety of Internet sites, including a brief description           of the 

            type of information to be found.

 

            Politics1.com: Presidency 2008

                        http://www.politics1.com/p2008.htm

 

            Links to a wide variety of Internet sites about the candidates and about the

            2008 election, including third-party candidates.

 

Project Vote Smart: 2008 Presidential Candidates

                        http://www.vote-smart.org/election_president.php

 

            Information about each candidate includes: biographical information,

            campaign finance, issue positions, interest group ratings, voting records,

            and public statements.  Not all information is available for some lesser

            known candidates.

 

 

 

Non-Partisan Sites: Finding What the Candidates Have Said

 

            Congressional Record (GPO Access)

                        http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html

                       

            A searchable database of proceedings on the floor of Congress, listing

            remarks both by and about the subject.

 

            Congressional Record (Thomas)

                        http://thomas.loc.gov/home/r110query.html

 

            A searchable database of proceedings on the floor of Congress. This page

            for the 110th Congress includes links to earlier congresses.

 

            Lexis Nexis Congressional

            For on-campus and off-campus access, see the University Libraries’

Research Databases page and type “Lexis Nexis” and choose Congressional:

                        http://maurice.bgsu.edu/search/y

                       

Searchable full text database of many newspapers, magazines, newswires, etc. Coverage varies for individual titles.

 

            Google News

            From Google’s main page, select News, then News Archive Search

                        http://www.google.com/

 

            Searchable full text database of many newspapers and news organization

            websites.

 

            Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

                        http://www.gpoaccess.gov/wcomp/index.html

 

            A weekly compilation of every public word spoken by the President.

           

            The White House: Presidential News & Speeches

                        http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/

 

            The text of Presidential speeches, news conferences, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-Partisan Sites: Campaign Finance

 

            Federal Election Commission

                        http://www.fec.gov/

 

The official source of information on campaign finances. This site does not

have as much detailed data as some of the private Internet sites.

 

            OpenSecrets.org

                        http://www.opensecrets.org/

 

Information about campaign finances of candidates running for federal offices.

 

            PoliticalMoneyLine: Money in Politics Database

                        http://www.tray.com/fecinfo/

 

Information about candidates’ campaign finances.  Some of the information on this site is available only to subscribers.

 

Non-Partisan Sites: Finding Polls on the Internet

 

            Gallup Organization

                        http://www.gallup.com/

 

            The official site for Gallup, a major polling organization. This site includes

            data from a selected group of their Polls.

 

            Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

                        http://people-press.org/

 

            Poll results for issues, including the election.

 

            PollingReport.com

                        http://www.pollingreport.com/

 

            A site that includes polling data from a variety of sources.

 

            The Roper Center: Election 2008

                        http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/

 

            Polling data on the 2008 election.

 

 

 

 

Political Party Sites

 


Republican National Committee

            http://www.rnc.org

 

McCain for President

            http://www.johnmccain.com

 

Ohio Republican Party

            http://www.ohiogop.org

 

Democratic National Committee

            http://www.democrats.org

 

Obama for President

            http://www.barackobama.com

 

Ohio Democratic Party

            http://www.ohiodems.org


Nader/Gonzalez 2008                                            http://www.votenader.org

 

Libertarian Party                                                    http://www.lp.org

 

Green Party                                                              http://www.gp.org

 

Non-Partisan Sites: Facts and Analysis & General Fact-checking

 

            FactCheck.org

                        http://www.factcheck.org

            Sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University            of

            Pennsylvania.  It accepts no funding from business corporations, labor

            unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals.

 

            C-Span.org

                        http://www.c-span.org

            C-SPAN is a private, non-profit company, created by the cable television

industry. It receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming.

 

            PolitiFact.com

                        http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

Sponsored by the St. Petersburg, Florida Times newspaper and the

Congressional Quarterly, it features analysis of claims made by candidates and rates them on their level of truth.

 

            Urban Legends Reference Pages

                        http://www.snopes.com

            More than a political site, this is also a good source for checking out

            Internet hoaxes.

 

            Fact-Checker

                        http://www.voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker

            Sponsored by the Washington Post, this site features analysis of

            candidate claims and rates them on truthfulness.