2015-current: greater than $200.00. The Commission categorizes contributions from individuals using the calendar year-to-date amount for political action committee (PAC) and party committee receipts and the election-cycle-to-date amount for candidate receipts to determine whether the contribution meets the categorization threshold of greater than $200.00.
1989-2014: $200 and above. The Commission categorized contributions from individuals using the reporting period amount to determine whether a contribution met the categorization threshold of $200.00 or more.
1975-1988: $500 and above. The Commission categorized contributions from individuals using the reporting period amount to determine whether a contribution met the categorization threshold of $500.00 or more.
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 Contributions by Individuals File contains the following information:
|Column Name||Field Name||Position||Null?||Data Type||Description|
||Filer Identification Number
||A 9-character alpha-numeric code assigned to a committee by the Federal Election Commission|
||Indicates if the report being filed is new (N), an amendment (A) to a previous report, or a termination (T) report.|
||Indicates the type of report filed. List of report type codes|
|| This code indicates the election for which the contribution was made. EYYYY (election plus election year)
P = Primary
G = General
O = Other
C = Convention
R = Runoff
S = Special
E = Recount
||5||Y||VARCHAR2 (11) or VARCHAR2(18)
||11-digit Image Number Format
YY - scanning year
OO - office (01 - House, 02 - Senate, 03 - FEC Paper, 9x - FEC Electronic)
RRR - reel number
FFFF- frame number
18-digit Image Number Format (June 29, 2015)
Transaction types 10, 11, 15, 15C, 15E, 15I, 15T, 19, 22Y, 24I, 24T, 20Y and 21Y are included in the INDIV file. Beginning with 2016 transaction types 30, 30T, 31, 31T, 32, 32T, 40T, 40Y, 41T, 41Y, 42T and 42Y are also included in the INDIV file.
For more information about transaction type codes see this list of transaction type codes
||ONLY VALID FOR ELECTRONIC FILINGS received after April 2002.
CAN = Candidate
|| Zip Code
||11||Y|| VARCHAR2 (9)
||Other Identification Number
||For contributions from individuals this column is null. For contributions from candidates or other committees this column will contain that contributor's FEC ID.|
||ONLY VALID FOR ELECTRONIC FILINGS. A unique identifier associated with each itemization or transaction appearing in an FEC electronic file. A transaction ID is unique for a specific committee for a specific report. In other words, if committee, C1, files a Q3 New with transaction SA123 and then files 3 amendments to the Q3 transaction SA123 will be identified by transaction ID SA123 in all 4 filings.|
||File Number / Report ID
||Unique report id|
||'X' indicates that the amount is NOT to be included in the itemization total.|
||A description of the activity. Memo Text is available on itemized amounts on Schedules A and B. These transactions are included in the itemization total.|
|SUB_ID||FEC Record Number||21||N||NUMBER (19)||Unique row ID|