The tobacco industry contributes millions of dollars each election cycle to candidates for Congress in an effort to influence federal policies. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issues biannual updates detailing these contributions.
The latest update shows that during the 2011-2012 election cycle, tobacco company political action committees (PACs) donated more than $1.6 million directly to federal candidates. During the 2009-2010 election cycle, tobacco PACs gave more than $1.5 million in contributions to federal candidates.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC). The FEC is the official source of federal campaign finance data. Information on donations to and from candidate committees, official political action committees (PACs), individual donations, soft money contributions, and political party committees is available through the FEC web site and the Washington DC office.
Common Cause is an independent non-profit advocacy organization focusing on campaign finance reform and other issues that enhance citizens' participation in democracy.
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics and its impact on elections and public policy. The website allows for searches by industry, candidate, contributor and political party.
The Center for Public Integrity also tracks state-level lobbying. In an August 2005 report, the Center gathered overall, aggregate spending totals available in each state.
The University of California–San Francisco web site contains state reports on tobacco industry political activity that provide an in-depth look at the tobacco industry's political activities and the influence on state level policies.
The National Institute on Money in State Politics tracks contributions to state candidates. The Institute maintains a database of all contributions to state candidates, including contributions from tobacco companies. The Institute's searchable databases are available to the public online, and are searchable by candidate, contributor and industry sector (including tobacco). Tobacco contributions to state candidates can be accessed at FollowTheMoney.org. The Institute also produces industry-specific reports. In October 2007, the Institute released a report on tobacco industry contributions to state candidates