Federal Campaign Contributions


Source Federal Election Commission
File Size Size varies
Dates Covered 2012, 2014, 2016 cycles (contact NICAR for data from older election cycles)
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $250
  • Members $0
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Please note this is only the data that comes from the Federal Elections Commissions FTP server, cleaned up. NICAR refreshes the data every Monday morning. This dataset does not include electronic disclosures, which may be more up to date than the information on the FTP server, but have not gone through the same vetting process as the FTP data.Our data does not yet include the Operating Expenditures table which is now available for current and past election cycles; we are working on updating our processes.This dataset is now available in two different formats: in comma-delimited text files and as a MySQL-friendly SQL batch file. See the readme for details.Information from the Federal Elections Commission shows campaign contribution information for all candidates seeking federal office and all federal political action committees. The database contains four tables, which include information about candidates and committees as well as individual contributor information and campaign contributions by PACs.

The individual contributions table includes only itemized contributions, meaning those that exceed $200. It can be difficult, therefore, to use this data to find accurate contribution totals per candidate.

The data contains the amount of each contribution given by the individuals and PACs. Some of the fields include the candidates name, party, address and district and the committees name and candidate ID number.

NICAR provides the data in two ways: As a complete data set for each two-year cycle or a cycle subscription that is updated weekly. The updates consist of all of the data since the beginning of the cycle year.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (fec_readme.txt) 6.1 KB
Sample Data, Committees table (fec_itemized_comm_2010.xls) 53.5 KB
Sample Data, Candidates table (fec_itemized_cand_2010.xls) 42.0 KB
Sample Data, Individual Donations table (fec_itemized_indiv_2010.xls) 51.0 KB
Sample Data, Miscellaneous Transactions table (fec_itemized_misc_2010.xls) 46.0 KB
Sample Data, Committee Donations table (PAS) (fec_itemized_pas_2010.xls) 39.5 KB
Record Layout, Committees table (comm_lay.xls) 20.5 KB
Record Layout, Candidates table (cand_lay.xls) 20.5 KB
Record Layout, Individual Donations table (indiv_lay.xls) 22.5 KB
Record Layout, Miscellaneous Transactions table (oth_lay.xls) 24.0 KB
Record Layout, Committees Donations table (PAS) (pas_lay.xls) 21.0 KB

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