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

 

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IMPORTANT: There are four important items about generating Maps that are addressed on this page:

 

1.Maps 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 maps, the user must have Adobe Flash Player installed on the computer. The Can't See the Map? link provides the user with a link to Adobe's website.
4.Maps are generated based on the zip codes associated to contributions and expenditures as entered by the filers.

 

 

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

 

Fields and Drop-down Lists

Election Year Cycle (YYYY)

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

Office Sought

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

Candidate

Select the name of the candidate to use in building the map. (Optional)  If no candidate is selected, the information for all candidates for the selected year and office is shown on the resulting map.

 

 

Buttons

Generate Map

Begins the map creation based on your criteria. The map 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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Source

Select the contribution source type to use in building the map. (Optional) Examples include individuals, federal, state, and county political parties and political action committees, etc.

Contribution Type

Select the contribution type to use in building the map. (Optional) Contribution types include Anonymous, Monetary, In-Kind, Un-Itemized and Loans.

Business Area

Select the business area to use in building the map. (Optional) 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 Group

Select the interest group to use in building the map. (Optional) Interest Group 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.

 

Map Results

 

Once the criteria has been selected, the user is presented with the representation of the findings.

 

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The generation of a map provides:

 

A statewide summary appearing on the right side of the screen. This includes the Beginning Balance (if applicable) as well as detailed information about Contributions, showing the total amount of contributions and expenditures.

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 map itself provides a visual cue to the user: counties from which contributions were received or expenditures made appear in light blue. Grey counties are those counties where no expenses were made nor no contributions received from.

 

 

County Details

 

When the user hovers their mouse over a county for which there is data available (a light blue county), a pop-up window appears providing detailed information about the contributions in that county.

 

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