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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 nameField nameData typeDescriptionRangeDescriptionExample data
Link_ImageLink to committee profle pageURLLink to committee profle pageLink 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_IDCommittee 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_NMCommittee name CharacterName of committee or other entity registered with the FEC Max 200 charactersThis is the name of the campaign committee or leadership PAC reporting that they received contributions bundled by lobbyists Martha Washington for Congress
CMTE_TPCommittee typeCharacterCode for type of committee 1 character More about committee types H
CMTE_DSGNCommittee designationCharacterCode 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_FREQFiling frequencyCharacter1 character M=monthly; Q=quarterly; T=terminated; A=administratively terminated Q
CMTE_ST1AddressTextPostal 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_ST2AddressTextMailing addresses for committees do not necessarily reflect the actual geographic focus of the organization. Many PACs, for example, use Washington area addresses
CMTE_CITYCityTextMailing address for committee Alexandria
CMTE_STStateCharacterPostal abbreviation2 characters VA
CMTE_ZIPZIP CodeNumber5 digitsMay be either 5 or 9 digits 22201
TRES_NMTreasurer's nameTextName of the current committee treasurer Alexander Hamilton
CAND_IDCandidate IDCharacter9 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_YRFEC election yearNumber4 digits2018
INDV_CONTBIndividual contribution CurrencyTotal contributions from individuals Sum of the previous 2 fields (e.g. ind_ite_con and ind_uni_con)10,000.00
PTY_CMTE_CONTBParty committee contributionCurrencyContributions from party committees This must be itemized regardless of amount 10,000.00
OTH_CMTE_CONTBOther committee contributionCurrencyContributions 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_CONTBTotal contributionCurrencySum of contributions from all sources 10,000.00
TRANF_FROM_OTHER_AUTH_CMTETransfer from other authorized committeeCurrencyTransfers 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_EXPOffsets to operating expenditureCurrencyE.g. refunds of deposits, etc. 10,000.00
OTHER_RECEIPTSOther receiptsCurrencyE.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc. 10,000.00
TTL_RECEIPTSTotal receiptsCurrencySum of all receipts 10,000.00
TRANF_TO_OTHER_AUTH_CMTETransfer to other authorized committeeCurrencyTransfers made to other affiliated or authorized committees10,000.00
OTH_LOAN_REPYMTSOther loan repaymentCurrencyLoan repayments to other sources 10,000.00
INDV_REFIndividual refundCurrencyContribution refunds made to individuals 10,000.00
POL_PTY_CMTE_REFPolitical party committee refundCurrencyRefunds made to political party committees 10,000.00
TTL_CONTB_REFTotal contribution refundCurrencySum of contribution refunds made to all sources 10,000.00
OTHER_DISBOther disbursementCurrencyE.g. contributions to charities or to state or local candidates 10,000.00
TTL_DISBTotal disbursementCurrencySum of all disbursements 10,000.00
NET_CONTBNet contributionCurrencySum of contributions received minus any refunds made 10,000.00
NET_OP_EXPNet operating expenditureCurrencySum of operating expenditures minus any offsets 10,000.00
COH_BOPCash on hand beginning of periodCurrency Cash balance for the committee at the start of the two-year period 10,000.00
CVG_START_DTCoverage start dateDateMM/DD/YYYYBeginning date for the first report during the two year period01/01/2017
COH_COPCash on hand closing of periodCurrency Ending cash balance on the most recent filing 10,000.00
CVG_END_DTCoverage end dateDateMM/DD/YYYYEnding date of the most recent report04/15/2018
DEBTS_OWED_BY_CMTEDebt owed by committeeCurrency10,000.00
DEBTS_OWED_TO_CMTEDebt owed to committeeCurrency10,000.00
INDV_ITEM_CONTBIndividual itemized contributionCurrency 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_CONTBIndividual unitemized contributionCurrency 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_LOANSOther loanCurrencySum of loans from other sources 10,000.00
TRANF_FROM_NONFED_ACCTTransfer from non federal accountCurrencyFunds 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_LEVINTransfer from non federal Levin accountCurrencySpecial nonfederal funds for specific activities of state or local party committees Applies only to state or local party committees 10,000.00
TTL_NONFED_TRANFTotal non federal transferCurrencySum of the previous 2 fields 10,000.00
LOAN_REPYMTS_RECEIVEDLoan repayments receivedCurrency10,000.00
OFFSETS_TO_FNDRSGOffsets to fundraising expenses (Presidential only)CurrencyApplies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries10,000.00
OFFSETS_TO_LEGAL_ACCTGOffsets to legal/accounting expenses (Presidential only)CurrencyApplies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries10,000.00
FED_CAND_CONTB_REFFederal candidate contribution refundCurrencyContribution refunds received Refunds received from federal campaigns or other committees 10,000.00
TTL_FED_RECEIPTSTotal federal receiptCurrencySum of all receipts within federal limits and restrictions 10,000.00
SHARED_FED_OP_EXPShared federal operating expenditureCurrencyFederal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity10,000.00
SHARED_NONFED_OP_EXPShared non-federal operating expenditureCurrencyNonfederal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity 10,000.00
OTH_FED_OPE_EXPOther federal operating expendituresCurrencyParties and some PACs only - line 21b of form 3X 10,000.00
TTL_OP_EXPTotal operating expenditureCurrencyLine 21c of form 3X used by PACs and parties 10,000.00
FED_CAND_CMTE_CONTBFederal candidate committee contributionCurrencyContributions to federal campaigns or other federal committees (e.g. PACs or parties) 10,000.00
INDT_EXPIndependent expenditures madeCurrencySpending advocating the election or defeat of specific candidates made without coordination with the campaign 10,000.00
COORD_EXP_BY_PTY_CMTECoordinated expenditure (party only)CurrencyLimited expenditures by party committees that may be coordinates with candidates 10,000.00
LOANS_MADELoan madeCurrency10,000.00
SHARED_FED_ACTVY_FED_SHRFederal share of joint Federal Election ActivityCurrencyParty committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending. 10,000.00
SHARED_FED_ACTVY_NONFEDNon-federal share of joint Federal Election ActivityCurrencyParty committees only - federal election activity is a special subset of party spending 10,000.00
NON_ALLOC_FED_ELECT_ACTVYNon-allocated Federal Election Activity (Party only)CurrencyParty committees only 10,000.00
TTL_FED_ELECT_ACTVYTotal Federal Election ActivityCurrencyParty committees only 10,000.00
TTL_FED_DISBTotal federal disbursementCurrencySum of all exclusively federal disbursements 10,000.00
CAND_CNTBCandidate contributionCurrencyContributions from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
CAND_LOANCandidate loanCurrencySum of loans from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees10,000.00
TTL_LOANSTotal loanCurrencySum of all loans 10,000.00
OP_EXPOperating expenditureCurrencyTotal spending for operating activities Applies to candidate committees 10,000.00
CAND_LOAN_REPYMNTCandidate loan repaymentCurrencyRepayments to the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees10,000.00
TTL_LOAN_REPYMTSTotal loan repaymentCurrencySum of all loan repayments 10,000.00
OTH_CMTE_REFOther committee refundCurrency contribution refunds made to other committees Mainly PACs or other candidates 10,000.00
TTL_OFFSETS_TO_OP_EXPTotal offsets to operating expenditureCurrencyOffsets include, for example, refunds of deposits required for the use of phone banks or other similar services 10,000.00
EXEMPT_LEGAL_ACCTG_DISBExempt legal/accounting disbursement (Presidential only)CurrencyApplies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries10,000.00
FNDRSG_DISBFundraising disbursementCurrency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
ITEM_REF_REB_RETItemized refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_REF_REB_RETSubtotal refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_REF_REB_RETUnitemized refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_REF_REB_RETItemized other refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_REF_REB_RETUnitemized other refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_OTHER_REF_REB_RETBSubtotal other refunds or rebatesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_INCOMEItemized other incomeCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_INCOMEUnitemized other incomeCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
EXP_PRIOR_YRS_SUBJECT_LIMExpenditures 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_LIMITSExpenditures subject to limitCurrency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FED_FUNDSFederal fundsCurrency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
ITEM_CONVN_EXP_DISBItemized convention expenditure (Convention committee only)CurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITEM_OTHER_DISBItemized other disbursementCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUBTTL_CONVN_EXP_DISBSubtotal convention expensesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
TTL_EXP_SUBJECT_LIMITSTotal 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_DISBUnitemized convention expensesCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNITEM_OTHER_DISBUnitemized other disbursementsCurrencyApplies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
TTL_COMMUNICATION_COSTSTotal communication costCurrencySpecial filings used only for this purpose Communications advocating candidates by membership organizations exclusively to their members 10,000.00
COH_BOYCash on hand beginning of yearCurrency10,000.00
COH_COYCash on hand closing of yearCurrency10,000.00
ORG_TPOrganization type CharacterCode 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