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From the Charts for Contributions page, users can select options to use in generating a pie chart for contributions.

 

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IMPORTANT: There are three important items about generating Charts for Contributions that are addressed on this page:

 

1.Charts for Contributions display data for an individual candidate and the candidate's principle candidate committee, if the candidate has designated a principle committee. Data from PACs, Organizations, and Political Parties are not obtainable from this view.
2.Data is refreshed every two (2) hours. Data recently Filed or Published may not appear until the next refresh.
3.To view charts, the user must have Adobe Flash Player installed on the computer. The Can't See the Chart? link provides the user with a link to Adobe's website.

 

 

The table below lists the fields, buttons, links, etc. on this screen. Fields that are marked with an asterisk (*) are required fields to build a chart

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Fields and Drop-Down Lists

Election Year Cycle (YYYY)

Enter the specific election year to use in building the chart. (Required)

Office Sought

Select the office or position to use in  building the chart. (Required)

Candidate

Select the name of the candidate to use in building the chart. (Optional)  If no candidate is selected, the information for all candidates for the selected year and office is shown on the resulting chart. IF a specific candidate is selected, the Advanced Search Option of Summary by Office Sought is disabled (see below).

 

Buttons

Submit

Begins the chart creation based on your criteria. The chart is displayed on the screen below the criteria fields.

Clear

Clears the fields and selections, returning the screen to the defaults.

 

 

Advanced Search Options

 

 

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Generate a Chart for:


    Sources

Generates a chart(s) showing the various sources of contributions. Examples include individuals, federal, state, and county political parties and political action committees, etc.

    Summary by Office Sought

This option may only be used if the Candidate field is left blank. One chart is generated for the selected office showing all candidates.

    Contribution Types

Contribution types include Anonymous, Monetary, In-Kind, Un-Itemized and Loans. A chart(s) will generate illustrating those demographics.

    Amount Range

Generates a chart(s) illustrating the amount ranges in which the contributions fall.

    Business Areas

Business Area is an optional field for filers to enter. This field provides additional demographic information about the business area in which the contribution originates. For example, education, IT, mining, etc.

    Interest Groups

Interest Groups is an optional field for filers to enter. This field provides additional demographic information about the interested group in which the contribution originates. For example, education, IT, mining, etc.

 

 

Pie Chart Results

 

Once the criteria has been selected, the user is presented with the representation of the findings. The chart below has been generated for all candidates who filed for the office of Governor for the the 2010 Election Year Cycle.

 

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Information contained within a pie chart includes:

 

The office of the candidate, the candidate name, and the party affiliation;
The Beginning Balance, if applicable;

NOTE: Because the application was put into production in the middle of an Election Year Cycle, the Beginning Balance only applies to those candidates whose candidate committee was an ongoing committee having received money in 2009.

The Total Contributions filed in the system;
Within the chart itself, the user is provided with the percentage (of the whole) to which that portion of the pie is attributed. If the user mouses-over a piece of the pie, the user can see the monetary value associated to that piece and that piece actually separates from the pie.
The Legend provides the color-coding map to the pie and also reflects the monetary value associated to that color and the subsequent piece of pie. The color-coding tracks across all charts generated in one viewing. In the above example, the contributions in both charts from Immediate Family / Personal appear in the dark blue. The same can be said for all shared aspects of the charts.
In many instances, there will be a top-to-bottom scroll bar providing the user with the ability to scroll through the various attributes comprising the specific chart.