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Metadata Description

Data Dictionary - Committee Master File

General Description

This file contains one record for each committee registered with the Federal Election Commission. This includes federal political action committees and party committees, campaign committees for presidential, house and senate candidates, as well as groups or organizations who are spending money for or against candidates for federal office. The file contains basic information about the committees. The ID number the Commission assigned to the committee is first, along with the name of the committee, the sponsor, where appropriate, the treasurer's name and the committee's address. The file also includes information about what type of committee is being described, along with the candidate's ID number if it is a campaign committee.

Header file and file format information

A comma delimited header file is available for download.

The end-of-line (EOL) marker is line feed '\n' (LF, 0x0A, 10 in decimal). The Committee Master File contains the following information:

Column Name Field Name Position Null? Data Type Description
CMTE_ID
Committee Identification 1 N VARCHAR2(9)
A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a committee by the Federal Election Commission. The committee ID for a specific committee always remains the same.
CMTE_NM
Committee Name 2 Y VARCHAR2(200)
 
TRES_NM
Treasurer's Name
3 Y VARCHAR2(90)
The officially registered treasurer for the committee.
CMTE_ST1
Street One 4 Y VARCHAR2(34)
 
CMTE_ST2
Street Two
5 Y VARCHAR2(34)
 
CMTE_CITY
City or Town
6 Y VARCHAR2(30)
 
CMTE_ST
State
7 Y VARCHAR2(2)
 
CMTE_ZIP
Zip Code
8 Y VARCHAR2(9)
 
CMTE_DSGN
Committee Designation
9 Y VARCHAR2(1)
A = Authorized by a candidate
B = Lobbyist/Registrant PAC
D = Leadership PAC
J = Joint fundraiser
P = Principal campaign committee of a candidate
U = Unauthorized
CMTE_TP
Committee Type
10 Y VARCHAR2(1)
List of committee type codes
CMTE_PTY_AFFILIATION
Committee Party
11 Y VARCHAR2(3)
List of party codes
CMTE_FILING_FREQ
Filing Frequency
12 Y VARCHAR2(1)
A = Administratively terminated
D = Debt
M = Monthly filer
Q = Quarterly filer
T = Terminated
W = Waived
ORG_TP
Interest Group Category
13 Y VARCHAR2(1)
C = Corporation
L = Labor organization
M = Membership organization
T = Trade association
V = Cooperative
W = Corporation without capital stock
CONNECTED_ORG_NM
Connected Organization's Name
14 Y VARCHAR2(200)
 
CAND_ID
Candidate Identification
15 Y VARCHAR2(9)
When a committee has a committee type designation of H, S, or P the identification number of the candidate will be entered in this field.