1) RESEARCH A STATE LEVEL POLITICAL CANDIDATE
1) Go to http://votesmart.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and type in your zip code or the university’s zip code. The site will show you a drop-down menu of multiple office-holders associated with your zip code.
2) Select the one for State Senate (please make sure you don’t select the name of US Senate).
3) Click once on a candidate’s name. Then click the folders under the candidates name (Bio, Votes, Positions, Speeches, Funding) to research your selected candidate.
What to report:
1) The zip code you typed in.
2) Under the Votes tab: does the candidate have a history of voting on any legislation that has to do with education and/or environment? If yes, write down how they voted/the action they took.
3) Under Funding: What are the total contributions the candidate received, and who are the top 5 top contributors to his/her campaign?
4) Under Positions: What is the candidate’s position on 1) Education and 2) Environment? In case the candidate refused to provide voters with positions on key issues, just mention that the candidate refused to provide information concerning their position on education and environment.
2) RESEARCH A FEDERAL LEVEL POLITICAL CANDIDATE
1) Go to the Federal Election Commission https://www.fec.gov/data/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and –choose Look up candidates and committee profiles.
2) Type in the name of any candidate in this list: https://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_fl (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (This is a list of Florida representatives in the US House).
3) Find information on campaign fundraising for the 2016 election for your selected candidate, specifically:
3 donors who gave over $2,000.
What to report
Name of candidate, party affiliation.
How much money did the candidate report raising so far? Report the number of the Total Contributions line.
Three donors who donated over $2,000
Report only the 2016 data. If you can’t find 2016 data for a candidate, choose someone else.
Must include URL/hyperlink to the Fec.gov page where you retrieve this information from. You must find the information using the FEC site, otherwise no credit will be given for this assignment.
3) FINANCIAL DATA ON CURRENT U.S. HOUSE MEMBERS
1) Find your current U.S. House representative (on http://votesmart.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., type in your zip code or the university’s zip code, find the U.S. House incumbent. If more then one for your zip code, choose whichever candidate you like).
2) Go to the House of Representatives > Office of the Clerk > Financial Disclosure Reports Database (http://clerk.house.gov/public_disc/financial-search.aspx (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. ) and search for Filling Year: 2016, and State: Florida. Type in the last name of your selected candidate. Download one of the statements for that person.
Report the following:
Name of representative
A summary of the information in the form: who did they receive the contribution from? When? How much money? List only one asset record.
Upload that PDF file with your answer. If not PDF file, no credit for this question.
4) LOCAL POLITICIANS
1) Again from VoteSmart.org (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., find out the name of one of your State House Incumbent.
For this part of the assignment, you must type in a Pinellas County zip code. If you don’t live in Pinellas County, use the zip code of the university 33701, or other neighboring zip codes 33702, 33703, 33704, … any number from 33701 through 33786.
Find the candidate with the title “State House Incumbent.” This person currently represents that zip code in the state house and is running for re-election.
2) Then go to Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections website.
http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/campaign-finance/contributions (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Search for the name of the candidate and report: candidate name, party ID, monetary contributions, in-kind contributions, and the total. You can copy/paste from the website.
Each question is worth 25 points, total 100 points for this assignment.