This file contains a list of completed cases where committees have been identified for failure to file required disclosure reports or for filing reports after the deadline. In general, political committees (including federal campaigns, parties and PACs) are required to file financial reports with the Commission on a regular basis - usually either quarterly or monthly.
Beginning with the July 15, 2000, quarterly reports, the Commission implemented this new program to assess civil money penalties (or fines) for violations involving:
Failure to file reports on time;
Failure to file reports at all; and
Failure to file 48-hour notices (reports of specific contributions of $1,000 or more received within 20 days of an election).
The Administrative Fine program is based on amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act) that permit the FEC to impose fines, calculated using published schedules, for violations of reporting requirements that relate to the reporting periods that end on or before December 31, 2013. Committee treasurers may be liable for fines if reports are not filed or not filed on time.
Information in this file
|Tag||Field name||Data type||Description||Range||Explanation|
|cas_num||Case Number||Number||Unique identifier for Administrative Fines cases||Internally generated sequential number for each Administrative Fines case.|
|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 id's begin with the letter C which is followed by eight|
|com_nam||Committee Name||Character||Name 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|
|rep_typ||Report Type||Character||3 character abbreviation for report submitted late|
|rep_yea||Report Year||Number||Calendar year covered by the report||4 digits||Calendar year covered by the report|
|fin_amo||Fine Amount||Currency||Total Fine Amount||The Penalty ultimately approved by the FEC|
|off||Office||Character||Office Sought by Candidate||1 character||(H=House, S=Senate, P=President)|
|sta||State||Character||Postal State Abbreviation||2 characters|
|dis||District||Number||House district number||2 digits|
|can_nam||Candidate Name||Text||Candidate Name|
|lat_fil_not_fil||Late Filed/Not Filed||Boolean||L=Late, N=not filed|
|pai_yes_no||Paid (Yes/No)||Boolean||Y=yes, N=No, P=Pending||Note: if the fine amount is $0 this column is not applicable|