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From the Search Expenditures page you can search for, view, print, and export information on contributions to Candidates and Candidate Committees, Political Action Committees (PACs), Organizations, or Political Parties.  Across the top of the screen are five tabs: Candidates and Candidate Committees, PACs, Organizations, Political Parties, and All. Clicking on a tab opens the Search Parameters specific to that category.

 

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The table below lists the fields, buttons, links, etc. on this screen. If you click Search without selecting any options, the search includes all of the contributions available.

 

Tabs

Candidates and Candidate Committees

Allows a search for expenditures recorded by both Candidates and Candidate Committees.

PACs

Opens the Search Parameters specific to expenditures to PACs.

Organizations

Opens the Search Parameters specific to expenditures to Organizations.

Political Parties

Opens the Search Parameters specific to expenditures to Political Parties.

All



Opens the Search Parameters to search for expenditures made by all types of election related groups and individuals.

 

Links

Candidate Committee Roster

The roster contains both active committees and those which have terminated in the past 10 years.

 

 

Basic Search Options

Candidate Last Name, First Name, Middle Name

Enter any or all three pieces of information related to the candidate name.

Election Year Cycle

Enter the specific election year to use in the search. NOTE: Enter an even Election Year and you will also be searching the prior odd year. In order to search by Office Sought or Committee Name, you must enter and Election Year Cycle.

Office Sought

Choose the office sought of the candidate for whom you are searching.

Committee Name

Select the specific committee name for which you are searching.

Include Terminated Committees

Check this box if the committee you are seeking does not initially appear in the drop down list.

 

 

 

Advance Search Options

 

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Political Party of Candidate

Choose the political party to narrow your search results.

Status

Only one radio button can be selected at a time.The default value is Both Official Filings and Published Records. 'Published records' are those transactions that an account holder has chosen to make public prior to filing an official report.

 

Official Filings Only llimits the search results to only official filings which includes those transactions with a filing status of Filed, Amend - Add, and Amend - Delete.

Publishing Records Only limits the search results to only published records (transactions with a filing status of Published.

Special Election Records Only limits the search results to those transactions associated to a special election only.

 

Date Range

Limits the search results to transactions with a date falling within the stated date range.

Amount Range

Limits the search results to those transactions within the stated monetary range.

Payee

Search by payee to locate transactions to that payee.

Purpose

Search by the purpose associated to the transaction as entered by the account holder.

 

 

Buttons

Search

Begins the expenditure search based on the search criteria entered.

Clear

Clears the fields and selections, returning the screen to the defaults. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED after each search.

 

 

Search Results:

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When a search is successfully conducted, the user is presented with the search results. The Total Number of Transactions can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the screen. Search results are organized into pages of 25 transactions for ease of use.

 

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A successful search will also present the user with additional options:

 

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The Print option opens a PDF of the search results for printing or saving. This button is not available when there are no search results.

 

The Export option allows the user to open or save the search results in a text file for later manipulation in the software of choice. This button is not available when there are no results.

 

In addition to the Print and Export options, users have the ability to change the order of the search results by changing the Sort Parameters.

 

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In the search results list, some transactions will appear in red text while others appear in green text. The colored text is indicative of an Amendment made to an already filed report. The green text represents the addition of new transactions to a filed report (Amend-Add) and the red text represents the deletion (or removal) of existing transactions from a filed report (Amend - Delete). In the sample below, the record was deleted because the contributor's first name was misspelled (once transactions have been filed, they cannot be edited).

 

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The user has the ability to search across all tabs in a similar fashion to the above information. One item of note - when searching on the All tab, remember you are searching across all account types so your search results may include more transactions.