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Leadership PACs and sponsors description

The leadership PACs and sponsors file contains summary financial information about leadership PACs.

A leadership PAC is a political committee that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding a federal office. The committee is not an authorized committee of the candidate or office holder, and is not affiliated with an authorized committee of a candidate or office holder. Members of Congress and other political leaders often establish these nonconnected committees to support candidates for federal and nonfederal offices.

This dataset shows committees where the Statement of Organization (Form 1) filed with the Commission indicates that the committee is a leadership PAC. Historical data is also available beginning with the 2010 election cycle.

Leadership PACs and sponsors file format

Column name Field name Data type Description Range Explanation Example data
COM_ID Committee ID Character Character C followed by eight digits 9 characters Unique nine digit identifier used by the Commission to identify each political committee. In general committee IDs begin with the letter C which is followed by eight numeric values C00100502
COM_NAM Committee name Character Name of committee or other entity registered with the FEC. Max 90 characters Founding Women of VA PAC
LIN_IMA Link to list of reports for the committee URL List of all disclosure filings for this committee Link to listing at of all reports submitted by this committee
SPO_NAM Name of candidate or officeholder Text Name of the candidate or officeholder who sponsors the PAC Martha Washington
TOT_REC Receipts Currency Total receipts Sum of receipts for the full two-year period through the most recent filing 10,000.00
TOT_DIS Disbursements Currency Total disbursements Sum of disbursements for the full two-year period through the most recent filing 10,000.00
CAS_ON_HAN Latest cash on hand Currency Cash on hand at the end of the most recent report 10,000.00
COV_END_DAT Ending date Date MM/DD/YYYY Ending date for the most recent report 03/31/2018