Have you ever wondered who finances those expensive TV and radio spots for congressional or Presidential candidates? You could take a trip to the Federal Election Commission in Washington or even to the local campaign headquarters to rifle the files--if they would let you in. But Prodigy, the joint-venture information service of IBM and Sears, Roebuck & Co., now offers its 1.4 million members access to all such data as part of the $12.95 monthly subscription.
The service, called Political Profile, also includes biographical information on elected officials and 1992 candidates, together with their voting records and policy positions. That way, when a candidate gets on TV and promises to get tough on crime or to become the next "Education President," you can log on to see whether that jibes with the record.