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Communication costs file description

The communication costs file contains transactions disclosed as communication costs by corporations and labor organizations.

Corporations and labor organizations can communicate to a “restricted class” of individuals on any subject, including express advocacy of the election or defeat of any federal candidate. The costs of these communications must be reported to the commission when they exceed $2,000 per election.

This provision of the Federal Election Campaign Act pre-dates the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which struck down the ban on independent expenditures and electioneering communications financed by the general treasuries of corporations and labor unions. That court decision does not change the requirement that these costs must be reported.

Communication costs file format

Column name Field name Position Null Data type Description Example data
CMTE_ID Committee Identification 1 N VARCHAR2(2) A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a Committee by the FEC. C70001005
CMTE_NAME
Committee name 2 Y VARCHAR2(90)
National Association of Financial Administrators
CANDIDATE_ID Candidate Identification 3 N VARCHAR2(2) 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
CANDIDATE_NAME
Candidate name 4 Y VARCHAR2(90)
Martha Washington
CANDIDATE_OFFICE
Candidate office 5 Y VARCHAR2(9)
H = House
S = Senate
P = President
H
CANDIDATE_OFFICE_STATE
Candidate Office state 6 Y VARCHAR2(40) House = state of race
President = US
Senate = state of race
VA
CANDIDATE_OFFICE_DISTRICT
Candidate office district
7 Y VARCHAR2(2)
Congressional district number
Congressional at large 00
Senate 00
Presidential 00
01
CAND_PTY_AFFILIATION
Party name 8 Y VARCHAR2(50)
Political party description Non
TRANSACTION_DT
Transaction date
9 Y Date
Receipt date 10/17/2018
TRANSACTION_AMT
Transaction amount
10 Y NUMBER Receipt date 10,000.00
TRANSACTION_TP Transaction type 11 Y VARCHAR2(3) Transaction type
24F = Communication cost for candidate (only for Form 7 filer)
24N = Communication cost against candidate (only for Form 7 filer)
24F
COMMUNICATION_TP Communication type 12 Y VARCHAR2(2)
Communication type
DM = Direct mail
TP = Telephone
TM = Telegram
O = Other
DM
COMMUNICATION_CLASS Communication class 13 Y VARCHAR2(2) Communication class
E = Executive/ administrative personnel
M = Members
S = stockholders
M
SUPPORT_OPPOSE_IND
Support-oppose Indicator
14 Y VARCHAR2(3)
Suppor/oppose Indicator S
IMAGE_NUM
URL for the image number
15 Y VARCHAR2(18)
URL for the image number http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?_2018022099004767936+0
FORM_TP_CD
Form type code 16 Y VARCHAR2(8)
Form type code F6
SCHED_TP_CD
Schedule type code
18 Y VARCHAR2(8)
Schedule Type Code F76
TRAN_ID
Transaction ID
19 Y VARCHAR2(8) Transaction ID F76.1245
SUB_ID
Sub ID
20 Y VARCHAR2(19)
Sub ID 12345678912345678912
FILE_NUM
File number
21 Y VARCHAR2(19)
File number 1100101
RPT_YR
Report year
22 Y VARCHAR2(4)
Report year 2018