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Candidate-committee linkage file description

The candidate-committee linkage file contains information linking the candidate's information to information about his or her committee. 

This file shows the candidate’s identification number, candidate’s election year, FEC election year, committee identification number, committee type, committee designation, and a linkage identification number. The end-of-line (EOL) marker is line feed '\n' (LF, 0x0A, 10 in decimal).

Candidate-committee linkage file format

Column name Field name Position Null Data type Description Example data
CAND_ID Candidate identification 1 N VARCHAR2 (9) 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. H8VA01233
CAND_ELECTION_YR Candidate election year 2 N NUMBER (4) Candidate's election year 2018
FEC_ELECTION_YR FEC election year 3 N NUMBER (4) Active 2-year period 2018
CMTE_ID Committee identification 4 Y VARCHAR2 (9) 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. C00100005
CMTE_TP Committee type 5 Y VARCHAR2 (1) List of committee type codes H
CMTE_DSGN Committee designation 6 Y VARCHAR2 (1) 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 123456789012