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Metadata description of Committee Summary File

General Description

This file contains information for each committee or organization that has registered with the FEC and filed a financial report during 2009 or 2010.

The information in this file cover the time period from January 1 of the non-election year through the most recent report submitted by these committees.

The record (row) 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 are combined for the full two year period to create these records. 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 for the committee along with the most recent cash-on-hand value and total debts owed by the committee at the end of the most recent 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.

Downloads for these data (XML or CSV links from the top of the list) include additional information taken from the summary pages of reports submitted by the committee (e.g. contributions from individuals, independent expenditures made by the committee, etc.). All of the elements requested on pages 2-4 of the paper versions of these reports are included in the file.

The FEC has also created a blog to discuss features of these files and respond to your questions or comments.

Information contained in the list

The Committee Summary File contains the following information:

Tag Field Name Data Type Description Range Explanation
com_nam Committee Name Character Name of committee or other entity registered with the FEC Max 200 characters This is the name of the campaign committee or leadership PAC reporting that they received contributions bundled by lobbyists
lin_ima Link to list of reports for the committee URI List of all disclosure filings for this committee   Link to list of all filings provided by this committee as well as letters from the FEC asking for additional information
com_typ Committee Type Character Code for type of committee 1 character

C = Communication Cost
D = Delegate
E = Electioneering Communication
H = House
I = Independent Expenditor (Person or Group)
N = PAC - Nonqualified
O = Independent Expenditure-Only (Super PACs)
P = Presidential
Q = PAC - Qualified
S = Senate
U = Single Candidate Independent Expenditure
V = PAC with Non-Contribution Account - Nonqualified
W = PAC with Non-Contribution Account - Qualified
X = Party - Nonqualified
Y = Party - Qualified
Z = National Party Nonfederal Account

More about committee types
com_des Committee Designation Character Code for committee designation 1 character

A = authorized by a candidate;
J =joint fundraising committee;
P =principal campaign committee of a candidate;
U =unauthorized;
B =lobbyist/registrant PAC;
D =leadership PAC

fil_fre Filing Frequency Character   1 character M=Monthly; Q=Quarterly; T=terminated; A=administratively terminated
add Address Text Postal street address provided by the committee   Mailing addresses for committees do not necessarily reflect the actual geographic focus of the organization. Many PACs, for example, use Washington area addresses
cit City Text mailing address for committee    
sta State Character Postal abbreviation 2 characters  
zip Zip Number   5 digits May be either 5 or 9 digits
tre_nam Treasurer's Name Text     name of the current committee treasurer
com_id Committee ID Character Character C followed by eight digits 9 characters Unique nine characters identifier used by the Commission to identify each political committee. In general committee id's begin with the letter C which is followed by eight
fec_ele_yea FEC Election Year Number   4 digits  
ind_ite_con Individual Itemized Contribution Currency Sum of itemized contributions from individuals   Contributions must be itemized (i.e. listing specific information about the donor and the contribution) when the total given to the committee from a single individual exceeds $200.
ind_uni_con Individual Unitemized Contribution Currency Sum of unitemized contributions from individuals   Total given to the campaign where specific information about the donors is not required because they have not given more than $200
ind_con Individual Contribution Currency Total contributions from individuals   Sum of the previous 2 fields (e.g. ind_ite_con and ind_uni_con)
ind_ref Individual Refund Currency contribution refunds made to individuals    
par_com_con Party Committee Contribution Currency contributions from party committees   This must be itemized regardless of amount
oth_com_con Other Committee Contribution Currency contributions from other committees   Mostly contributions from PACs, also includes contributions from other candidates. These also must be itemized regardless of amount
oth_com_ref Other Committee Refund Currency contribution refunds made to other committees   Mainly PACs or other candidates
can_con Candidate Contribution Currency Contributions from the candidate   applies only to campaign comittees
tot_con Total Contribution Currency Sum of contributions from all sources    
tot_con_ref Total Contribution Refund Currency Sum of contribution refunds made to all sources    
can_loa Candidate Loan Currency Sum of loans from the candidate   applies only to campaign comittees
can_loa_rep Candidate Loan Repayment Currency Repayments to the candidate   applies only to campaign comittees
oth_loa Other Loan Currency Sum of loans from other sources    
oth_loa_rep Other Loan Repayment Currency Loan repayments to other sources    
tot_loa Total Loan Currency Sum of all loans    
tot_loa_rep Total Loan Repayment Currency Sum of all loan repayments    
tra_fro_oth_aut_com Transfer from Other Authorized Committee Currency Transfers received from other affiliated or authorized committees   Candidates may have more than one committee working for their election (including jointfundraising committees). PAC sponsors may have more than one committee, but all would be treated as one for limitation purposes. Transfers from others within the set appear here
tra_fro_non_fed_acc Transfer from non Federal Account Currency Funds outside federal restrictions used for activities that include state or local candidates   Applies only to state or local party committees and some PACs
tra_fro_non_fed_lev_acc Transfer from non Federal Levin Account Currency special nonfederal funds for specific activities of state or local party committees   applies only to state or local party committees
tot_non_fed_tra Total non Federal Transfer Currency     sum of the previous 2 fields
oth_rec Other Receipt Currency     e.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc.
tot_rec Total Receipt Currency     sum of all receipts
tot_fed_rec Total Federal Receipt Currency     sum of all receipts within federal limits and restrictions
ope_exp Operating Expenditure Currency total spending for operating activities   applies to candidate committees
sha_fed_ope_exp Shared Federal Operating Expenditure Currency     federal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity
sha_non_fed_ope_exp Shared non Federal Operating Expenditure Currency     nonfederal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity
tot_ope_exp Total Operating Expenditure Currency     line 21c of form 3X used by PACs and parties
off_to_ope_exp Offsets to Operating Expenditure Currency     e.g. refunds of deposits, etc.
fed_sha_of_joi_act Federal Share of Joint Federal Election Activity Currency     party committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending.
non_fed_sha_of_joi_act Non Federal Share of Joint Federal Election Activity Currency     party committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending
non_all_fed_ele_act_par Non Allocated Federal Election Activity (Party only) Currency     party committees only
tot_fed_ele_act Total Federal Election Activity Currency     party committees only
fed_can_com_con Federal Candidate Committee Contribution Currency     contributions to federal campaigns or other federal committees (e.g. PACs or parties)
fed_can_con_ref Federal Candidate Contribution Refund Currency contribution refunds received   refunds received from federal campaigns or other committees
ind_exp_mad Independent Expenditures Made Currency     spending advocating the election or defeat of specific candidates made without coordination with the campaign
coo_exp_par Coordinated Expenditure (Party only) Currency     limited expenditures by party committees that may be coordinates with candidates
loa_mad Loan Made Currency      
loa_rep_rec Loan Repayments Received Currency      
tra_to_oth_aut_com Transfer to Other Authorized Committee Currency Transfers made to other affiliated or authorized committees    
fun_dis Fundraising Disbursement Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
off_to_fun_exp_pre Offsets to Fundraising Expenses (Presidential only) Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
exe_leg_acc_dis_pre Exempt Legal/Accounting Disbursement (Presidential only) Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
off_to_leg_acc_exp_pre Offsets to Legal/Accounting Expenses (Presidential only) Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
tot_off_to_ope_exp Total Offsets to Operating Expenditure Currency     Offsets include, for example, refunds of deposits required for the use of phone banks or other similar services
oth_dis Other Disbursement Currency     e.g. contributions to charities or to state or local candidates
tot_fed_dis Total Federal Disbursement Currency     sum of all exclusively federal disbursements
tot_dis Total Disbursement Currency     sum of all disbursements
net_con Net Contribution Currency     sum of contributions received minus any refunds made
net_ope_exp Net Operating Expenditure Currency     sum of operating expenditures minus any offsets
cas_on_han_beg_of_per Cash on Hand Beginning of Period Currency     Cash balance for the committee at the start of the two-year period
cas_on_han_clo_of_per Cash on Hand Closing of Period Currency     Ending cash balance on the most recent filing
deb_owe_by_com Debt Owed by Committee Currency      
deb_owe_to_com Debt Owed to Committee Currency   Beginning date for the first report during the two year period
cov_sta_dat Coverage Start Date Date MM/DD/YYYY   Ending date of the most recent report
cov_end_dat Coverage End Date Date MM/DD/YYYY    
pol_par_com_ref Political Party Committee Refund Currency     refunds made to political party committees
can_id Candidate Id Character   9 characters First character indicates office sought - H=House, S=Senate, P=Presidential. Columns 3-4 are the state abbreviation for Congressional candidates
cas_on_han_beg_of_yea Cash on Hand Beginning of Year Currency      
cas_on_han_clo_of_yea Cash on Hand Closing of Year Currency      
exp_sub_to_lim_pri_yea_pre Expenditures Subject to Limit - Prior Year (Presidential only) Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
exp_sub_lim Expenditures Subject to Limit Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
fed_fun Federal Funds Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
ite_con_exp_con_com Itemized Convention Expenditure (Convention Committee only) Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
ite_oth_dis Itemized Other Disbursement Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
ite_oth_inc Itemized Other Income Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
ite_oth_ref_or_reb Itemized Other Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
ite_ref_or_reb Itemized Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
oth_fed_ope_exp Other Federal Operating Expenditures Currency     parties and some PACs only - line 21b of form 3X
sub_con_exp Subtotal Convention Expenses Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
sub_oth_ref_or_reb Subtotal Other Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
sub_ref_or_reb Subtotal Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
tot_com_cos Total Communication Cost Currency special filings used only for this purpose   communications advocating candidates by membership organizations exclusively to their members
tot_exp_sub_to_lim_pre Total Expenditures Subject to Limit (Presidential only) Currency     Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries
uni_con_exp Unitemized Convention Expenses Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
uni_oth_dis Unitemized Other Disbursements Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
uni_oth_inc Unitemized Other Income Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
uni_oth_ref_or_reb Unitemized other Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
uni_ref_or_reb Unitemized Refunds or Rebates Currency     applies only to national party convention and host committees
org_tp Organization Type Character Code for type of organization 1 character C = Corporation,
L = Labor Organization,
M = Membership Organization,
T = Trade Association,
V = Cooperative,
W = Corporation Without Capital Stock,

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