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Administrative fines file metadata

The Commission implemented theAdministrative Fine Program beginning with the 2000 July Quarterly Reports. The program assesses civil money penalties (or fines) for violations including:

  • Failure to file reports on time
  • Failure to file reports at all
  • Failure to file 48-hour notices

The FEC uses four factors to calculate fines:

  • The election sensitivity of the report
  • Whether the report is considered late or not filed
  • The level of activity on the late report or the estimated level of activity on the nonfiled report
  • The committee's number of previous violations in the Administrative Fine Program

Search Administrative Fine cases

Administrative fine file format

Column nameField nameData typeDescriptionRangeExplanationExample data
CAS_NUMCase number NumberUnique identifier for administrative fines cases Internally generated sequential number for each administrative fines case. 1
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 C00100005
COM_NAMCommittee name CharacterName of committee or other entity registered with the FEC Max 90 characters This is the name of the committee failing to file or filing a report late Martha Washington for Congress
REP_TYPReport typeCharacter3 character abbreviation for report submitted late The full list of abbreviations and their meaning12G
REP_YEAReport yearNumberCalendar year covered by the report 4 digits Calendar year covered by the report 2018
FIN_AMOFine amountCurrencyTotal fine amount The penalty ultimately approved by the FEC10,000.00
OFFOffice CharacterOffice sought by candidate 1 character H=House, S=Senate, P=President H
STAStateCharacterPostal state abbreviation 2 characters VA
DISDistrictNumberHouse district number 2 digits 01
CAN_NAMCandidate nameTextCandidate Name Martha Washington
LAT_FIL_NOT_FILLate filed/not filedBooleanL=Late, N=not filed L
PAI_YES_NOPaid (yes/no)BooleanY=yes, N=no, P=pending Note: if the fine amount is $0 this column is not applicableY