The primary purpose of the data presentations listed on this page is to provide searchable access to campaign finance data. Some search systems, such as the Reports and Statements Image Search and the Electronic Filing Search, also have download capability but their searchability is what places them here. The data catalog is an equal mix of search and download functionality and can be found on both the searchable and downloadable presentation pages.
The Candidate and Committee Viewer allows you to search for and find any candidate, political committee, independent expendor or other campaign finance report filer. The viewer includes two-year summaries, report summaries, images of reports and statements and viewable and downloadable electronic filings all in one place.
The Data Catalog contains campaign finance and other related data. You may customize these data sets to view a subset of the information. You can view and sort the subset or download the subset. Alternatively, you may download full data sets. RSS feeds are available for many of the files so you're notified whenever new data is available or a change is made.
The Reports and Statements Image Search allows you to search for and view images of reports and statements filed with the Commission or the Secretary of Senate. In addition you can search for and view requests for additional information and other written communications sent from the Commission to candidates and committees. In 1993 the Commission began scanning reports filed by political action committees, national party committees and presidential campaign committees. In May 1996 we expanded our scanning to include House of Representative campaign reports. In May 2000 we began scanning Senate campaign reports. Earlier reports are available on microfilm in the FEC's Public Records Office.
The Electronic Filing Search allows you to view or download reports and statements filed with the Commission from 1997 to the present. Between January 1997 and December 2000 electronic filing was voluntary. On January 1, 2001 the Commission's mandatory electronic filing rules went into effect. Any committee that receives contributions or makes expenditures in excess of $50,000 in a calendar year, or that has reason to expect to do so, must submit its reports electronically. The mandatory electronic filing provisions (11 CFR 104.18) apply to any political committee or individual required to file reports, statements or designations with the Commission. These electronic filing requirements do not apply to Senate candidate committees, the national senatorial party committees or individuals who only support Senate candidates. These entities file with the Secretary of the Senate.
The Electronic Filing RSS feed provides for the ability to search and download recently filed reports. This can be done automatically (via RSS reader) or manually (through scrolling the web page). Interested entities no longer need to auto-scan the Commission's Electronic Filing Report Retrieval on the FEC website to get the latest information. Reports, for the last seven days, are posted here and are available for immediate access. To facilitate report retrieval, interactive client RSS reader software is supported as well as custom developed applications.
The Independent Expenditure Notice Search allows you to search, view and download 24-hour and 48-hour independent expenditure notices filed with the Commission. You can view independent expenditure notices filed today, in the last seven days or you can select a date range. You can search for independent expenditure notices from May 2002 to the present. Prior to September 2010 only electronically filed independent expenditure notices are included in the search. In September 2010 the Commission's Public Records staff began entering independent expenditure notices filed on paper into a web-based form when we receive them so that they are available more quickly. They are then processed as if they were filed electronically. All independent expenditure notices filed since September 2010 are included in the search.
The Candidate and Committee Summaries Search allows you to search for summary financial information about candidate campaigns, party committees, and other political committees. This search provides a limited financial summary of the campaign or committee for a selected two-year period. You will also be able to review details about contributions from individuals, contribution from other committees and contributions from the selected committee to other registered committees.
The Individual Contributor Search allows you to search for contributions from individuals. You may search by name, city, state, zip code, employer, occupation or a contribution date range. The results are viewable but are not available for download. The result set provides your with a link to the image of the report.
The Committee Search allows you to search for committees. You may search by committee name, treasurer name, city, state, zip code, party or committee type. The results are viewable but are not available for download. You can review details about individual contributions to the committee, other contributions receive by the committee and contributions from the selected committee to other registered committees. The result set provides your with a link to the image of the report.
The Candidate Search allows you to search for candidates and their principal campaign committee. You may search by candidate name, the candidate's FEC ID, city, state, zip code, or party. The results are viewable but are not available for download. You can review details about individual contributions to the committee, other contributions receive by the committee and contributions from the selected committee to other registered committees. The result set provides your with a link to the image of the report.