This file contains information for each time period during which a committee or organization that has registered with the FEC and filed a financial report during 2011-2012 or 2009-2010 (select either 2012 or 2010 below).
The records (rows) for each committee contains information, updated nightly, based upon reports either received (for electronic filings) or computerized (for paper filings from small committees) through 7 pm the previous day. These totals also incorporate any changes made by committees if any report covering the period is amended.
As part of each financial report, committees must provide a summary of their financial activity in each filing, and these summaries for each reporting period are included in these files. Generally, committees file reports on a quarterly or monthly basis, but some must also submit a report 12 days before primary elections. During the primary election season, therefore, the period covered by this file may be different for different committees.
The presentation here includes total receipts and total disbursements during the quarter, month, etc. for the committee along with the beginning and ending cash-on-hand value and total debts owed by the committee at the end of each reporting period. There are several different reporting structures, depending on what type of organization is submitting financial information. To see one example of these reporting requirements you can look at the summary and detailed summary pages of the FEC Form 3X. Detailed descriptions of each element in the file can be found in the line-by-line instructions.