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Candidate summary file description

The candidate summary file contains summary financial information about each candidate registered with the FEC or appearing on an official state ballot for House, Senate or President. This information is available for the current election and for historical elections starting with the 2008 election. Special elections for House and Senate are also included.

Committees provide a summary of their financial activity in each filing. These summaries are combined for the full two year period to create the candidate summary file. A candidate’s financial totals include their principal campaign committee and other committees authorized to raise money on their behalf. The totals cover from January 1 of the year before the election through the most recent report submitted by the committees.

Data timing

The financial information is updated nightly based on electronic reports received or paper reports that have been computerized through 7 pm the previous day.

During the primary election season, the period covered may be different for candidates in different states, depending on their primary dates.

Candidate summary file format

Column name Field name Data type Description Range Description Example data
Link_Image Link to candidate profile page URl Link to financial information and filings made directly by the candidate - mainly statements of candidacy for each election https://www.fec.gov/data/candidate/P00000000/
Cand_Name Candidate name Character Name of candidate Max 90 characters Martha Washington
Cand_Id Candidate ID Character 9 characters First character indicates office sought - H=House, S=Senate, P=Presidential. Characters 3 & 4 are the state abbreviation for Congressional candidates
Cand_Office Candidate office Text office abbreviation 1 character H=House, S=Senate, P=President h
Cand_Office_St Candidate office state Character Postal abbreviation for state 2 characters VA
Cand_Office_Dist Candidate office district Number District number for House candidates 2 digits 01
Cand_Party_Affiliation Candidate party affiliation Character Party abbreviation 3 characters Dem=Democrat
Rep=Republican
full list of party affiliations
Non
Cand_Incumbent_Challenger_Open_Seat Candidate incumbent challenger open seat Character Incumbent or challenger or open seat indicator 10 characters I=incumbent; C=challenger; O=open seat (where no incumbent sought reelection) i
Total_Receipt Total receipts Currency Sum of all receipt categories 10,000.00
Total_Disbursement Total disbursement Currency Sum of all disbursement categories 10,000.00
Cash_On_Hand_COP Cash on hand close of period Currency Ending cash balance on the most recent filing 10,000.00
Debt_Owed_By_Committee Debt owed by committee Currency 10,000.00
Coverage_End_Date Coverage end date

Date

MM/DD/YYYY Ending date of the most recent report 04/15/2018
Cand_Street_1 Candidate street 1

Text

Street address Provided by the candidate on a statement of candidacy 1001 George Washington Hwy
Cand_Street_2 Candidate street 2 Text Generally suite number or other secondary address Suite 100
Cand_City Candidate city Text City of mailing address Note: mailing addresses are not necessarily within the district. Use Candidate office state and candidate office district to specify the location of a campaign Alexandria
Cand_State Candidate state Text State of mailing address VA
Cand_Zip Candidate ZIP code Number ZIP code of mailing address 5 digits 22201
Individual_Itemized_Contribution Individual itemized contribution Currency Sum of itemized contributions from individuals Contributions must be itemized (i.e. listing specific information about the donor and the contribution) when the total given to the campaign from a single individual exceeds $200. 10,000.00
Individual_Unitemized_Contribution Individual unitemized contribution Currency Sum of unitemized contributions from individuals Total given to the campaign where specific information about the donors is not required because they have not given more than $200 10,000.00
Individual_Contribution Individual contribution Currency Total contributions from individuals Sum of the previous two fields (i.e. ind_ite_con and ind_uni_con) 10,000.00
Other_Committee_Contribution Other committee contribution Currency Contributions from other committees Mostly contributions from PACs, also includes contributions from other candidates. These also must be itemized regardless of amount. 10,000.00
Party_Committee_Contribution Party committee contribution Currency Contributions from party committees These must be itemized regardless of amount 10,000.00
Cand_Contribution Candidate contribution Currency Contributions from the candidate 10,000.00
Total_Contribution Total contribution Currency Total contributions Sum of the previous 4 fields (i.e. ind_con, par_com_con, oth_com_con and can_con) 10,000.00
Transfer_From_Other_Auth_Committee Transfer from other authorized committee Currency Candidates may have more than one committee working for their election (including joint fundraising committees). Transfers from other authorized committees included here. 10,000.00
Cand_Loan Candidate loan Currency Loans received from the candidate 10,000.00
Other_Loan Other loan Currency Other loans Often from banks, but must be made in the normal course of business including interest rates and collateral. Loans from individuals are treated as contributions. 10,000.00
Total_Loan Total loan Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields (i.e. can_loa and oth_loa) 10,000.00
Offsets_To_Operating_Expenditure Offsets to operating expenditure Currency e.g. refund of deposit for phone bank, etc. 10,000.00
Offsets_To_Fundraising Offsets to fundraising Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
Offsets_To_Leagal_Accounting Offsets to legal accounting Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
Other_Receipts Other receipts Currency E.g. interest on bank deposits, capital gains, etc. 10,000.00
Operating_Expenditure Operating expenditure Currency Total of normal operating expenditures. These must also be itemized when payments to a specific vendor exceed $200. 10,000.00
Exempt_Legal_Accounting_Disbursement Exempt legal accounting disbursement Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
Fundraising_Disbursement Fundraising disbursement Currency Applies only for Presidential candidates receiving public matching funds in the primaries 10,000.00
Transfer_To_Other_Auth_Committee Transfer to other authorized committee Currency Candidates may have more than one committee working for their election (including joint fundraising committees). Transfers to other authorized committees included here. 10,000.00
Cand_Loan_Repayment Candidate loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to the candidate 10,000.00
Other_Loan_Repayment Other loan repayment Currency Loan repayments to banks or others 10,000.00
Total_Loan_Repayment Total loan repayment Currency Sum of the previous 2 fields (i.e. can_loa_rep and oth_loa_rep) 10,000.00
Individual_Refund Individual refund Currency Contribution refunds made to individuals 10,000.00
Party_Committee_Refund Party committee refund Currency Contribution refunds made to parties 10,000.00
Other_Committee_Refund Other committee refund Currency Contribution refunds made to other committees Mainly PACs or other candidates 10,000.00
Total_Contribution_Refund Total contribution refund Currency Sum of the previous 3 fields (i.e. ind_ref, par_com_ref and oth_com_ref) 10,000.00
Other_Disbursements Other disbursement Currency e.g. donations to charity, contributions to state or local candidates, etc. 10,000.00
Net_Contribution Net contribution Currency Sum of all contributions minus any contribution refunds 10,000.00
Net_Operating_Expenditure Net operating expenditure Currency Sum of all operating expenditures minus any offsets to those expenditures 10,000.00
Cash_On_Hand_BOP Cash on hand beginning of period Currency Cash balance for the campaign at the start of the two-year period 10,000.00
Debt_Owe_To_Committee Debt owed to committee Currency 10,000.00
Coverage_Start_Date Coverage start date

Date

MM/DD/YYYY Beginning date for the first report during the two year period 01/01/2017
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