The current campaigns for House and Senate file contains summary financial information for each campaign committee.
The file has one record per House and Senate campaign committee and shows information about the candidate, total receipts, transfers received from authorized committees, total disbursements, transfers given to authorized committees, cash-on-hand totals, loans and debts, and other financial summary information. The end-of-line (EOL) marker is line feed '\n' (LF, 0x0A, 10 in decimal).
This file is completely dependent on summary information reported by the campaign. The time period covered by this file may be more recent than other data files (like the post-cycle candidate summary file). During the primary election season, the period covered may be different for candidates in different states, depending on their primary dates. Since the data is timelier, some of the information in this file is less precise than information in the post-cycle candidate summary file. For example, “other political committees” contains PAC contributions but may also contain contributions from other candidates and some other types of committees that are not usually categorized as PACs.
Double-counted financial activity
A candidate’s financial summary may have double-counted financial activity. If a candidate has more than one committee authorized to raise and spend funds on their behalf, the activity in this file combines these committees. If the committees transfer funds back and forth to each other, this activity would be counted twice. Information about “transfers to authorized committees” and “transfers from authorized committees” is included in the file. If there are values in both of these fields, subtract these from the total receipts and total disbursements for a more accurate value of the candidate’s total activity.
Current campaigns for House and Senate file format
|Column name||Field name||Position||Null||Data type||Description||Example data|
|CAND_ID||Candidate identification||1||N||VARCHAR2 (9)||H8VA01233|
|CAND_NAME||Candidate name||2||Y||VARCHAR2(200)||Martha Washington|
|CAND_ICI||Incumbent challenger status||3||Y||VARCHAR2(1)||I|
|TRANS_FROM_AUTH||Transfers from authorized committees||7||Y||Number(14,2)||4000.00|
|TRANS_TO_AUTH||Transfers to authorized committees||9||Y||Number(14,2)||0.00|
|CAND_CONTRIB||Contributions from candidate||12||Y||Number(14,2)||500.00|
|CAND_LOANS||Loans from candidate||13||Y||Number(14,2)||250000.00|
|CAND_LOAN_REPAY||Candidate loan repayments||15||Y||Number(14,2)||100000.00|
|OTHER_LOAN_REPAY||Other loan repayments||16||Y||Number(14,2)||0.00|
|DEBTS_OWED_BY||Debts owed by||17||Y||Number(14,2)||250.00|
|TTL_INDIV_CONTRIB||Total individual contributions||18||Y||Number(14,2)||450000.00|
|SPEC_ELECTION||Special election status||21||Y||VARCHAR2(1)||Election result data included in 1996-2006 files only.||W|
|PRIM_ELECTION||Primary election status||22||Y||VARCHAR2(1)||Election result data included in 1996-2006 files only.||L|
|RUN_ELECTION||Runoff election status||23||Y||VARCHAR2(1)||Election result data included in 1996-2006 files only.||W|
|GEN_ELECTION||General election status||24||Y||VARCHAR2(1)||Election result data included in 1996-2006 files only.||L|
|GEN_ELECTION_PRECENT||General election percentage||25||Y||Number(7,4)||Election result data included in 1996-2006 files only.||63.2|
|OTHER_POL_CMTE_CONTRIB||Contributions from other political committees||26||Y||Number(14,2)||200000.00|
|POL_PTY_CONTRIB||Contributions from party committees||27||Y||Number(14,2)||200000.00|
|CVG_END_DT||Coverage end date||28||Y||DATE(MM/DD/YYYY)||Through date||10/19/2018|
|INDIV_REFUNDS||Refunds to individuals||29||Y||Number(14,2)||4000.00|
|CMTE_REFUNDS||Refunds to committees||30||Y||Number(14,2)||100|