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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
COM_NAM 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
LIN_IMA Link to list of reports for the committee URL List of all disclosure filings for this committee Link to list of all filings provided by this committee as well as letters from the FEC asking for additional information http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_2018022099004767936+0
COM_TYP Committee type Character Code for type of committee 1 character More about committee types H
COM_DES 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
FIL_FRE Filing frequency Character 1 character M=monthly; Q=quarterly; T=terminated; A=administratively terminated Q
ADD 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
CIT City Text Mailing address for committee Alexandria
STA State Character Postal abbreviation 2 characters VA
ZIP ZIP Code Number 5 digits May be either 5 or 9 digits 22201
TRE_NAM Treasurer's name Text Name of the current committee treasurer Alexander Hamilton
COM_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
FEC_ELE_YEA FEC election year Number 4 digits 2018
IND_ITE_CON 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
IND_UNI_CON 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
IND_CON 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
IND_REF Individual refund Currency Contribution refunds made to individuals 10,000.00
PAR_COM_CON Party committee contribution Currency Contributions from party committees This must be itemized regardless of amount 10,000.00
OTH_COM_CON 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
OTH_COM_REF Other committee refund Currency contribution refunds made to other committees Mainly PACs or other candidates 10,000.00
CAN_CON Candidate contribution Currency Contributions from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
TOT_CON Total contribution Currency Sum of contributions from all sources 10,000.00
TOT_CON_REF Total contribution refund Currency Sum of contribution refunds made to all sources 10,000.00
CAN_LOA Candidate loan Currency Sum of loans from the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
CAN_LOA_REP Candidate loan repayment Currency Repayments to the candidate Applies only to campaign comittees 10,000.00
OTH_LOA Other loan Currency Sum of loans from other sources 10,000.00
OTH_LOA_REP Other loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to other sources 10,000.00
TOT_LOA Total loan Currency Sum of all loans 10,000.00
TOT_LOA_REP Total loan repayment Currency Sum of all loan repayments 10,000.00
TRA_FRO_OTH_AUT_COM 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
TRA_FRO_NON_FED_ACC 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
TRA_FRO_NON_FED_LEV_ACC 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
TOT_NON_FED_TRA Total non federal transfer Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields 10,000.00
OTH_REC Other receipts Currency E.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc. 10,000.00
TOT_REC Total receipts Currency Sum of all receipts 10,000.00
TOT_FED_REC Total federal receipt Currency Sum of all receipts within federal limits and restrictions 10,000.00
OPE_EXP Operating expenditure Currency Total spending for operating activities Applies to candidate committees 10,000.00
SHA_FED_OPE_EXP Shared federal operating expenditure Currency Federal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity 10,000.00
SHA_NON_FED_OPE_EXP Shared non-federal operating expenditure Currency Nonfederal share of any spending combining federal and state/local activity 10,000.00
TOT_OPE_EXP Total operating expenditure Currency Line 21c of form 3X used by PACs and parties 10,000.00
OFF_TO_OPE_EXP Offsets to operating expenditure Currency E.g. refunds of deposits, etc. 10,000.00
FED_SHA_OF_JOI_ACT 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_FED_SHA_OF_JOI_ACT 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_ALL_FED_ELE_ACT_PAR Non-allocated Federal Election Activity (Party only) Currency Party committees only 10,000.00
TOT_FED_ELE_ACT Total Federal Election Activity Currency Party committees only 10,000.00
FED_CAN_COM_CON Federal candidate committee contribution Currency Contributions to federal campaigns or other federal committees (e.g. PACs or parties) 10,000.00
FED_CAN_CON_REF Federal candidate contribution refund Currency Contribution refunds received Refunds received from federal campaigns or other committees 10,000.00
IND_EXP_MAD Independent expenditures made Currency Spending advocating the election or defeat of specific candidates made without coordination with the campaign 10,000.00
COO_EXP_PAR Coordinated expenditure (party only) Currency Limited expenditures by party committees that may be coordinates with candidates 10,000.00
LOA_MAD Loan made Currency 10,000.00
LOA_REP_REC Loan repayments received Currency 10,000.00
TRA_TO_OTH_AUT_COM Transfer to other authorized committee Currency Transfers made to other affiliated or authorized committees 10,000.00
FUN_DIS Fundraising disbursement Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
OFF_TO_FUN_EXP_PRE Offsets to fundraising expenses (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
EXE_LEG_ACC_DIS_PRE Exempt legal/accounting disbursement (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
OFF_TO_LEG_ACC_EXP_PRE Offsets to legal/accounting expenses (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
TOT_OFF_TO_OPE_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
OTH_DIS Other disbursement Currency E.g. contributions to charities or to state or local candidates 10,000.00
TOT_FED_DIS Total federal disbursement Currency Sum of all exclusively federal disbursements 10,000.00
TOT_DIS Total disbursement Currency Sum of all disbursements 10,000.00
NET_CON Net contribution Currency Sum of contributions received minus any refunds made 10,000.00
NET_OPE_EXP Net operating expenditure Currency Sum of operating expenditures minus any offsets 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_BEG_OF_PER Cash on hand beginning of period Currency Cash balance for the committee at the start of the two-year period 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_CLO_OF_PER Cash on hand closing of period Currency Ending cash balance on the most recent filing 10,000.00
DEB_OWE_BY_COM Debt owed by committee Currency 10,000.00
DEB_OWE_TO_COM Debt owed to committee Currency 10,000.00
COV_STA_DAT Coverage start date Date MM/DD/YYYY Beginning date for the first report during the two year period 01/01/2017
COV_END_DAT Coverage end date Date MM/DD/YYYY Ending date of the most recent report 04/15/2018
POL_PAR_COM_REF Political party committee refund Currency Refunds made to political party committees 10,000.00
CAN_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 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_BEG_OF_YEA Cash on hand beginning of year Currency 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN_CLO_OF_YEA Cash on hand closing of year Currency 10,000.00
EXP_SUB_TO_LIM_PRI_YEA_PRE 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_SUB_LIM Expenditures subject to limit Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
FED_FUN Federal funds Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
ITE_CON_EXP_CAN Itemized convention expenditure (Convention committee only) Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITE_OTH_DIS Itemized other disbursement Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITE_OTH_INC Itemized other income Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITE_OTH_REF_OR_REB Itemized other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
ITE_REF_OR_REB Itemized refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 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
SUB_CON_EXP Subtotal convention expenses Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUB_OTH_REF_OR_REB Subtotal other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
SUB_REF_OR_REB Subtotal refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
TOT_COM_COS Total communication cost Currency Special filings used only for this purpose Communications advocating candidates by membership organizations exclusively to their members 10,000.00
TOT_EXP_SUB_TO_LIM_PRE Total expenditures subject to limit (Presidential only) Currency Applies only to Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
UNI_CON_EXP Unitemized convention expenses Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNI_OTH_DIS Unitemized other disbursements Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNI_OTH_INC Unitemized other income Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNI_OTH_REF_OR_REB Unitemized other refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 10,000.00
UNI_REF_OR_REB Unitemized refunds or rebates Currency Applies only to national party convention and host committees 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