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The record: Federal campaign finance reports for the period ended Sept. 30.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about Kansas candidates seeking U.S. House and Senate seats.
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Where you get the records: From the Federal Election Commission's Web site, www.fec.gov. Click on the "Campaign Finance Reports and Data" link. You can search in various ways, including by candidate, contribution and political action committee.
How much it will cost: The information is free.