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Metadata Description

Data Dictionary - Candidate to Committee Linkage File

General Description

This file contains one record for each candidate to committee linakge registered with the Federal Election Commission.

Header file and file format information

A comma delimited header file is available for download.

The end-of-line (EOL) marker is line feed '\n' (LF, 0x0A, 10 in decimal). The Candidate to Committee Linkage file contains the following information:

Column Name Field Name Position Null? Data Type Description
CAND_ID
Candidate Identification
1 N VARCHAR2 (9 Byte)
A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a candidate by the Federal Election Commission. The candidate ID for a specific candidate remains the same across election cycles as long as the candidate is running for the same office.
CAND_ELECTION_YR
Candidate Election Year
2 N NUMBER (4)
Candidate's election year
FEC_ELECTION_YR
FEC Election Year
3 N NUMBER (4)
Active 2-year period
CMTE_ID
Committee Identification
4 Y VARCHAR2 (9 Byte)
A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a committee by the Federal Election Commission. The committee ID for a specific committee always remains the same.
CMTE_TP
Committee Type
5 Y VARCHAR2 (1 Byte)
List of committee type codes
CMTE_DSGN
Committee Designation
6 Y VARCHAR2 (1 Byte)
A = Authorized by a candidate
B = Lobbyist/Registrant PAC
D = Leadership PAC
J = Joint fundraiser
P = Principal campaign committee of a candidate
U = Unauthorized
LINKAGE_ID
Linkage ID
7 N NUMBER (12)
Unique link ID