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Committee summary file description

The committee summary file contains financial 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 information is available for the current election and for historical elections starting with the 2008 election.

Committees provide a summary of their financial activity in each filing. In addition, the filings contain financial activity broken down by category. These summaries and breakdowns are combined for the full two year period to create the committee summary file. The totals cover from January 1 of the year before the election through the most recent report submitted by the committees.

Data timing

The financial information is updated nightly based on electronic reports received or paper reports that have been computerized through 7 pm the previous day.

During the primary election season, the period covered may be different for candidates in different states, depending on their primary dates.

Committee summary file format

Column name Field name Data type Description Range Description Example data
Link_Image Link to committee profle page URL Link to committee profle page Link to financial information, filings submitted by this committee and letters from the FEC asking for additional information https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00000000/
CMTE_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 IDs begin with the letter C which is followed by eight C00100005
CMTE_NM 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 Martha Washington for Congress
CMTE_TP Committee type Character Code for type of committee 1 character More about committee types H
CMTE_DSGN 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
P
CMTE_FILING_FREQ Filing frequency Character 1 character M=monthly; Q=quarterly; T=terminated; A=administratively terminated Q
CMTE_ST1 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 1001 George Washington Hwy
CMTE_ST2 Address Text Mailing addresses for committees do not necessarily reflect the actual geographic focus of the organization. Many PACs, for example, use Washington area addresses
CMTE_CITY City Text Mailing address for committee Alexandria
CMTE_ST State Character Postal abbreviation 2 characters VA
CMTE_ZIP ZIP Code Number 5 digits May be either 5 or 9 digits 22201
TRES_NM Treasurer's name Text Name of the current committee treasurer Alexander Hamilton
CAND_ID Candidate ID Character 9 characters First character indicates office sought - H=House, S=Senate, P=Presidential. Characters 3 & 4 are the state abbreviation for Congressional candidates H0CA00000
FEC_ELECTION_YR FEC election year Number 4 digits 2018
INDV_CONTB Individual contribution Currency Total contributions from individuals Sum of the previous 2 fields (e.g. ind_ite_con and ind_uni_con) 10,000.00
PTY_CMTE_CONTB Party committee contribution Currency Contributions from party committees This must be itemized regardless of amount 10,000.00
OTH_CMTE_CONTB 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 10,000.00
TTL_CONTB Total contribution Currency Sum of contributions from all sources 10,000.00
TRANF_FROM_OTHER_AUTH_CMTE 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 joint fundraising 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 10,000.00
OFFSETS_TO_OP_EXP Offsets to operating expenditure Currency E.g. refunds of deposits, etc. 10,000.00
OTHER_RECEIPTS Other receipts Currency E.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc. 10,000.00
TTL_RECEIPTS Total receipts Currency Sum of all receipts 10,000.00
TRANF_TO_OTHER_AUTH_CMTE Transfer to other authorized committee Currency Transfers made to other affiliated or authorized committees 10,000.00
OTH_LOAN_REPYMTS Other loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to other sources 10,000.00
INDV_REF Individual refund Currency Contribution refunds made to individuals 10,000.00
POL_PTY_CMTE_REF Political party committee refund Currency Refunds made to political party committees 10,000.00
TTL_CONTB_REF Total contribution refund Currency Sum of contribution refunds made to all sources 10,000.00
OTHER_DISB Other disbursement Currency E.g. contributions to charities or to state or local candidates 10,000.00
TTL_DISB Total disbursement Currency Sum of all disbursements 10,000.00
NET_CONTB Net contribution Currency Sum of contributions received minus any refunds made 10,000.00
NET_OP_EXP Net operating expenditure Currency Sum of operating expenditures minus any offsets 10,000.00
COH_BOP Cash on hand beginning of period Currency Cash balance for the committee at the start of the two-year period 10,000.00
CVG_START_DT Coverage start date Date MM/DD/YYYY Beginning date for the first report during the two year period 01/01/2017
COH_COP Cash on hand closing of period Currency Ending cash balance on the most recent filing 10,000.00
CVG_END_DT Coverage end date Date MM/DD/YYYY Ending date of the most recent report 04/15/2018
DEBTS_OWED_BY_CMTE Debt owed by committee Currency 10,000.00
DEBTS_OWED_TO_CMTE Debt owed to committee Currency 10,000.00
INDV_ITEM_CONTB 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. 10,000.00
INDV_UNITEM_CONTB 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 10,000.00
OTH_LOANS Other loan Currency Sum of loans from other sources 10,000.00
TRANF_FROM_NONFED_ACCT 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 10,000.00
TRANF_FROM_NONFED_LEVIN 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 10,000.00
TTL_NONFED_TRANF Total non federal transfer Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields 10,000.00
LOAN_REPYMTS_RECEIVED Loan repayments received Currency 10,000.00
OFFSETS_TO_FNDRSG Offsets to fundraising expenses (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
OFFSETS_TO_LEGAL_ACCTG Offsets to legal/accounting expenses (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FED_CAND_CONTB_REF Federal candidate contribution refund Currency Contribution refunds received Refunds received from federal campaigns or other committees 10,000.00
TTL_FED_RECEIPTS Total federal receipt Currency Sum of all receipts within federal limits and restrictions 10,000.00
SHARED_FED_OP_EXP Shared federal operating expenditure Currency Federal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity 10,000.00
SHARED_NONFED_OP_EXP Shared non-federal operating expenditure Currency Nonfederal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity 10,000.00
OTH_FED_OPE_EXP Other federal operating expenditures Currency Parties and some PACs only - line 21b of form 3X 10,000.00
TTL_OP_EXP Total operating expenditure Currency Line 21c of form 3X used by PACs and parties 10,000.00
FED_CAND_CMTE_CONTB Federal candidate committee contribution Currency Contributions to federal campaigns or other federal committees (e.g. PACs or parties) 10,000.00
INDT_EXP Independent expenditures made Currency Spending advocating the election or defeat of specific candidates made without coordination with the campaign 10,000.00
COORD_EXP_BY_PTY_CMTE Coordinated expenditure (party only) Currency Limited expenditures by party committees that may be coordinates with candidates 10,000.00
LOANS_MADE Loan made Currency 10,000.00
SHARED_FED_ACTVY_FED_SHR Federal share of joint Federal Election Activity Currency Party committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending. 10,000.00
SHARED_FED_ACTVY_NONFED Non-federal share of joint Federal Election Activity Currency Party committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending 10,000.00
NON_ALLOC_FED_ELECT_ACTVY Non-allocated Federal Election Activity (Party only) Currency Party committees only 10,000.00
TTL_FED_ELECT_ACTVY Total Federal Election Activity Currency Party committees only 10,000.00
TTL_FED_DISB Total federal disbursement Currency Sum of all exclusively federal disbursements 10,000.00
CAND_CNTB Candidate contribution Currency Contributions from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
CAND_LOAN Candidate loan Currency Sum of loans from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
TTL_LOANS Total loan Currency Sum of all loans 10,000.00
OP_EXP Operating expenditure Currency Total spending for operating activities Applies to candidate committees 10,000.00
CAND_LOAN_REPYMNT Candidate loan repayment Currency Repayments to the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
TTL_LOAN_REPYMTS Total loan repayment Currency Sum of all loan repayments 10,000.00
OTH_CMTE_REF Other committee refund Currency contribution refunds made to other committees Mainly PACs or other candidates 10,000.00
TTL_OFFSETS_TO_OP_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 10,000.00
EXEMPT_LEGAL_ACCTG_DISB Exempt legal/accounting disbursement (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FNDRSG_DISB Fundraising disbursement Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
ITEM_REF_REB_RET Itemized refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_REF_REB_RET Subtotal refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_REF_REB_RET Unitemized refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_REF_REB_RET Itemized other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_REF_REB_RET Unitemized other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_OTHER_REF_REB_RETB Subtotal other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_INCOME Itemized other income Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_INCOME Unitemized other income Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
EXP_PRIOR_YRS_SUBJECT_LIM Expenditures subject to limit - prior year (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
EXP_SUBJECT_LIMITS Expenditures subject to limit Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FED_FUNDS Federal funds Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
ITEM_CONVN_EXP_DISB Itemized convention expenditure (Convention committee only) Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_DISB Itemized other disbursement Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_CONVN_EXP_DISB Subtotal convention expenses Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
TTL_EXP_SUBJECT_LIMITS Total expenditures subject to limit (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
UNITEM_CONVN_EXP_DISB Unitemized convention expenses Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_DISB Unitemized other disbursements Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
TTL_COMMUNICATION_COSTS Total communication cost Currency Special filings used only for this purpose Communications advocating candidates by membership organizations exclusively to their members 10,000.00
COH_BOY Cash on hand beginning of year Currency 10,000.00
COH_COY Cash on hand closing of year Currency 10,000.00
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
C
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