From Prodigy: Snappy Answers To Election Year Questions

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.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.