Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles


Sunday, 3rd January 2010

FEC Releases New Data Files for Administrative Fine Cases and Congressional Candidates

FEC Releases New Data Files for Administrative Fine Cases and Congressional Candidates
Source: Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission today released two new data files designed to give the public easier access to federal campaign finance information and the Commissionís regulatory actions. These additions include a complete listing of all closed Administrative Fines matters and a new summary file for the current two-year election period for active congressional candidates. In addition, Administrative Fines documents are now being made available in the Commissionís searchable Enforcement Query System.
The Administrative Fines Program was initiated in 2000 to assess civil monetary penalties for committees that failed to file regular reports in a timely manner or failed to file 48-hour disclosure notices of contributions of $1,000 or more received in the period immediately preceding an election. Nearly 2,000 cases have been resolved since the program began. Information in the new data file includes the name of the committee involved, the report that triggered the case, whether the filing was late or not filed, the penalty amount, and information about the candidate if the violation was committed by a campaign committee.

The Candidate Summary file contains information for each candidate who has registered with the FEC or appears on an official state ballot for election to the U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate during 2009 or 2010, including special elections. Financial data for each candidate committee, such as total receipts and disbursements and the cash-on-hand value and total debts owed by the campaign at the end of the most recent reporting period are included. The file contains a more complete breakdown of financial activity than has been easily available before. The totals cover the period from January 1 of the non-election year through the most recent report submitted by these committees.

These new data files are the latest additions to the agencyís data.fec.gov website, which is designed to allow for more sophisticated use of campaign finance data by a range of interested users. Each of the files here can be downloaded in either CSV or XML formats. Each also has a metadata page that describes the information included and the structure of the file itself. There is a PDF version of each file for printing.



Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles



Article Categories

All Article Categories »


All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »


All Archives »