I’ve come across another great resource (in addition to a fellow blogger’s earlier post) for understanding the upcoming election. The New York Times’ Election Guide 2008 provides a slew of helpful charts, calendars and candidate testimonials.
The guide offers little commentary — you can find that on the NYT’s politics blog — but is really invaluable for clarifying candidate’s positions by assembling some quotable candidate moments from other news sources.
In true NYT fashion (it’s hard to think of an online newspaper that loves interactive maps more), there are also interesting maps that show where candidates’ campaign finances come from. These graphics show some figures which should be shocking but probably aren’t. For instance, Mitt Romney — who comes in third for campaign fund-raising at a measly $44.4 million — has spent $8.9 million of his own money on his campaign.
Interestingly enough, on the election guide site, the “Issues” link is located below “Finances.” What does this say about priorities?