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Metadata Description

Data Dictionary - Contributions by Individuals

General Description

The individual contributions file contains each contribution from an individual to a federal committee if the contribution was at least $200.

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 Contributions by Individuals File contains the following information:

Column Name Field Name Position Null? Data Type Description
CMTE_ID
Filer Identification Number
1 N VARCHAR2 (9 Byte)
A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a committee by the Federal Election Commission
AMNDT_IND Amendment Indicator
2 Y VARCHAR2 (1 Byte)
Indicates if the report being filed is new (N), an amendment (A) to a previous report, or a termination (T) report.
RPT_TP Report Type
3 Y VARCHAR2 (3 Byte)
Indicates the type of report filed. List of report type codes
TRANSACTION_PGI Primary-General Indicator
4 Y VARCHAR2 (5 Byte)
This code indicates the election for which the contribution was made. EYYYY (election plus election year)
P = Primary
G = General
O = Other
C = Convention
R = Runoff
S = Special
E = Recount
IMAGE_NUM
Microfilm Location (YYOORRRFFFF)
5 Y VARCHAR2 (11 Byte)
Indicates the physical location of the filing.
TRANSACTION_TP
Transaction Type
6 Y VARCHAR2 (3 Byte)

Transaction types 10, 11, 15, 15C, 15E, 15I, 15T, 19, 22Y, 24I, 24T, 20Y and 21Y are included in the INDIV file.

For more information about transaction type codes see this list of transaction type codes

ENTITY_TP
Entity Type
7 Y VARCHAR2 (3 Byte)
CAN = Candidate
CCM = Candidate Committee
COM = Committee
IND = Individual (a person)
ORG = Organization (not a committee and not a person)
PAC = Political Action Committee
PTY = Party Organization
NAME
Contributor/Lender/Transfer Name
8 Y VARCHAR2 (200 Byte)
 
CITY
City/Town
9 Y VARCHAR2 (30 Byte)
 
STATE
State
10 Y VARCHAR2 (2 Byte)
 
ZIP_CODE
Zip Code
11 Y VARCHAR2 (9 Byte)
 
EMPLOYER
Employer
12 Y VARCHAR2 (38 Byte)
 
OCCUPATION
Occupation
13 Y VARCHAR2 (38 Byte)
 
TRANSACTION_DT
Transaction Date(MMDDYYYY)
14 Y DATE
 
TRANSACTION_AMT
Transaction Amount
15 Y NUMBER (14,2)
 
OTHER_ID
Other Identification Number
16 Y VARCHAR2 (9 Byte)
For contributions from individuals this column is null. For contributions from candidates or other committees this column will contain that contributor's FEC ID.
TRAN_ID
Transaction ID
17 Y VARCHAR2 (32 Byte)
ONLY VALID FOR ELECTRONIC FILINGS. A unique identifier permanently associated with each itemization or transaction appearing in an FEC electronic file.
FILE_NUM
File Number / Report ID
18 Y NUMBER (22)
Unique report id
MEMO_CD
Memo Code
19 Y VARCHAR2 (1 Byte)
'X' indicates that the amount is NOT to be included in the itemization total.
MEMO_TEXT
Memo Text
20 Y VARCHAR2 (100 Byte)
A description of the activity. Memo Text is available on itemized amounts on Schedules A and B. These transactions are included in the itemization total.
SUB_ID FEC Record Number 21 N NUMBER (19) Unique row ID