Data

Congressional Ads Project

The dataset accompanying the book Downs' Revenge. The data consist of 23,577 House and Senate television add collected over the period rom 1968 to 2014. The coding includes over 70 items originally collected from each of 12,692 ads (1968 - 2008) resoling in over 913,824 data points for forty years of congressional races. An additional 10,885 ads from 2004 to 2014 elections were collected and recoded from the Wisconsin and Wesleyan Ads Projects.

Research funding to collect the data was provided by the National Science Foundation, the Mike Synar Research Fellowship, the Dirksen Center Congressional Research Fund, the A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund, the generous support of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma, and both the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. Additional support was provided by the Wisconsin Ads Project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Wesleyan Ads Project at Wesleyan University.


Transcripts of House and Senate Political Commercials from the Wisconsin and Wesleyan Ads Projects, 2000 - 2014 (with Joel Hanel) 

The dataset contains 14,356 text transcripts of television political commercial videos provided by the Wisconsin and Wesleyan Ads projects. All years between 2000 and 2014 (including 2006) are available in the dataset, and allow for various machine learning and text analyses of campaign communication in the last 8 Congressional election cycles. Research funding to compile these transcripts was provided by the Dirksen Center Congressional Research Fund, the A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund, and the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. Additional support was provided by the Wisconsin Ads Project at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Wesleyan Ads Project at Wesleyan University.


State Redistricting Plans and Proposals, 2010

The dataset contains 1,627 alternative congressional and statehouse maps proposed during the 2010 redistricting cycle for 15 states. These data contain shapefiles or blockconversion files for districts in each map, and can be merged with state-level voting districts to measure political or voter characteristics of the proposed alternative maps. 

States included: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoFloridaIdahoMontana, North CarolinaNew MexicoNevadaOhioSouth CarolinaTexasVirginiaWashington


The dataset contains the texts of state party platforms in the US for 1988 to 2016. .


The dataset contains hundreds of scorecards collected for a number of interests groups from the 1950s to 2010s.


Code and R Packages