Included in the Search Results

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All of the static pages on the FEC's website are included in the search results. This includes web pages and many PDF documents. Some PDFs include only images of text and not searchable text and can only be found if the search terms are included in the file name or in the meta-data associated with the file.

Legal and Enforcement data:

Advisory Opinions Search (http://saos.fec.gov/saos/searchao)

Includes PDF documents from Advisory Opinions from 1975 to the present.

Matters Under Review Search (http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs and http://www.fec.gov/MUR/)

Includes PDF Documents from closed Matters Under Review (MURS) from 1975 to the present.

Administrative Fine Search (http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs)

Includes public PDF documents from Administrative Fine cases from 1999 to the present. Earlier documents are included in the Matters Under Review data.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (http://eqs.fec.gov/eqs/searcheqs)

Includes public PDF documents from closed Alternative Dispute Resolution cases.

Audit Report Search (http://www.fec.gov/auditsearch/auditsearch.do)

Includes public PDF documents for audits from 1976 to the present.

Rulemaking Search (http://sers.fec.gov/fosers/)

Includes public PDF documents for audits from 1976 to the present.

 

Campaign Finance Data:

Candidate Summary (http://www.fec.gov/data/CandidateSummary.do?format=html)

Includes two-year summaries from FEC Form 3 (House or Senate) and FEC Form 3P (Presidential) filings. In cases where a candidate has more than one authorized committee the amounts from the committees are summed and presented as the candidate's totals. The search results will only include the latest two-year period for each candidate but clicking on the result opens the Candidate and Committee Viewer where you can select earlier two-year periods.

Committee Summary (http://www.fec.gov/data/CommitteeSummary.do?format=html)

Includes two-year summaries for all types of registered committees. The search results will only include the latest two-year period for each committee but clicking on the result opens the Candidate and Committee Viewer where you can select earlier two-year periods.

Receipts

Includes receipt transactions from Schedule A (all forms), Schedules H3 and H5 (FEC Form 3x), Form 6, from 2003 to the present

Disbursements

Includes transactions reported on Schedules B (all forms), H4 and H6 (FEC Form 3X) from 2003 to the present

Other Transactions

Includes Independent Expenditures, Coordinated Expenditures and Electioneering Communications from 2003 to the present.

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