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Committee master file description

The committee master file contains basic information for each committee registered with the Federal Election Commission, including:

  • Federal political action committees and party committees
  • Campaign committees for presidential, house, and senate candidates
  • Groups or organizations spending money for or against candidates for federal office

The file has one record per committee and shows the committee identification number, committee name, sponsor (when appropriate), treasurer name, committee address, information about the type of committee, and the candidate identification number (for campaign committees). The end-of-line (EOL) marker is line feed '\n' (LF, 0x0A, 10 in decimal).

Committee master file format

Column name Field name Position Null Data type Description Example data
CMTE_ID Committee identification 1 N VARCHAR2(9) A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a committee by the Federal Election Commission. Committee IDs are unique and an ID for a specific committee always remains the same. C00100005
Committee name 2 Y VARCHAR2(200) Martha Washington for Congress
Treasurer's name
3 Y VARCHAR2(90) The officially registered treasurer for the committee. Alexander Hamilton
CMTE_ST1 Street one 4 Y VARCHAR2(34) 1001 George Washington Hwy
CMTE_ST2 Street two 5 Y VARCHAR2(34) Suite 203
CMTE_CITY City or town 6 Y VARCHAR2(30) Alexandria
CMTE_ZIP ZIP code 8 Y VARCHAR2(9) 22201
CMTE_DSGN Committee designation 9 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
CMTE_TP Committee type 10 Y VARCHAR2(1) List of committee type codes H
CMTE_PTY_AFFILIATION Committee party 11 Y VARCHAR2(3) List of party codes NON
CMTE_FILING_FREQ Filing frequency 12 Y VARCHAR2(1) A = Administratively terminated
D = Debt
M = Monthly filer
Q = Quarterly filer
T = Terminated
W = Waived
ORG_TP Interest group category 13 Y VARCHAR2(1) C = Corporation
L = Labor organization
M = Membership organization
T = Trade association
V = Cooperative
W = Corporation without capital stock
CONNECTED_ORG_NM Connected organization's name 14 Y VARCHAR2(200) Widgets, Incorporated
Candidate identification 15 Y VARCHAR2(9) When a committee has a committee type designation of H, S, or P, the candidate's identification number will be entered in this field. H1VA01225