Campaign Finance Summary

data.wa.gov | Last Updated 21 Mar 2019

This dataset contains campaign finance summary records for candidate and committee campaigns for the last 10 years. The data present a summary with one record per candidate or committee for an election year that summarized the campaign contributions ,expenditures, debts, etc up to the point in time the summary was generated. For candidates campaigns, the number of years is determined by the year of the election, not necessarily the year the data was reported. This dataset is a best-effort by the PDC to provide a complete set of records as described herewith and may contain incomplete or incorrect information. The PDC provides access to the original reports for the purpose of record verification. Descriptions attached to this dataset do not constitute legal definitions; please consult RCW 42.17A and WAC Title 390 for legal definitions and additional information regarding political finance disclosure requirements. CONDITION OF RELEASE: This publication and or referenced documents constitutes a list of individuals prepared by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission and may not be used for commercial purposes. This list is provided on the condition and with the understanding that the persons receiving it agree to this statutorily imposed limitation on its use. See RCW 42.56.070(9) and AGO 1975 No. 15.

Tags: political finance, elections, campaign, political committee

This dataset has the following 61 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescription
ididtextPDC internal identifier that corresponds to a candidate or Political committee record in an election year.
filer_idfiler_idtextThe unique id assigned to a candidate or political committee. The filer id is consistent across election years with the exception that an individual running for a second office in the same election year will receive a second filer id. There is no correlation between the two. For a candidate and single-election-year committee such as a ballot committee, the combination of filer_id and election_year uniquely identifies a campaign.
filer_typefiler_typetextThis column designates if this is a candidate committee (CA) or a political committee (CO).
filing_typefiling_typetextThis field indicated the type of campaign finance reports being filed. "Electronic" indicates that all reports are filed electronically and all of the fields containing financial data are correctly calculated from the filed reports. "Paper" indicates that all campaign finance reports have been filed on paper and all of the fields containing financial data will be empty. "Mixed" indicates that one or more reports are filed on paper and all of the fields containing financial data are potentially incorrect. For both paper and mixed, please consult the individual reports in our "Imaged documents and reports data set to determine the campaign finance details. An empty value indicates that no campaign finance (C3 or C4) reports have been filed)
receipt_datereceipt_datecalendar_dateThe postmark date of the relevant candidate C1 or political committee C1pc registration. A political committee is not required to submit a new or amended C1pc every year. It is possible that a C1pc may be several years old if there are no updates to report.
election_yearelection_yearnumberThe year of the election for a candidate or the calendar year that a political committee is registered for.
candidate_committee_statuscandidate_committee_statustextThe status of a campaign at a point in time: Candidate declared – indicates that a candidate formally declared their candidacy during declaration week in May. Candidate withdrew – indicates that a candidate formally declared and then formally withdrew their declaration in May. Candidate discontinued campaign – indicates that the candidate registered their campaign, may or may not have raised money, did not formally withdraw, and stopped campaigning. Candidate deceased – indicates that the candidate died after registration.
filer_namefiler_nametextThe candidate name as reported on the form C1 candidate registration or the political committee name as reported on the C1pc registration. The name will be consistent across all records for the same filer id and election year but may differ across years due to candidates or committees changing their name.
first_namefirst_nametextThis field represents the first name, as reported by the filer. This field may appear blank if the name is not reported or if a filing entity has a single name. Note that this data appears as represented by the filer and may not be consistent from one reporting period to another.
middle_initialmiddle_initialtextThis field represents the middle initial, as reported by the filer. The field may appear blank if the filer has not filed with a middle initial. Note that this data appears as represented by the filer and may not be consistent from one reporting period to another.
last_namelast_nametextThis field represents the last name of a candidate or the name of a political committee, as reported by the filer. Note that this data appears as represented by the filer and may not be consistent from one reporting period to another.
committee_acronymcommittee_acronymtextIf a political committee is known by an abbreviation it is placed in this column. This acronym is optional. An example would be the WA Education Association, whose acronym is WEA.
committee_addresscommittee_addresstextThe street address of the committee. For candidates, this is the address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the address of the candidate.
committee_citycommittee_citytextThe city of the committee. For candidates, this is the address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the address of the candidate.
committee_countycommittee_countytextThe county of the committee. For candidates, this is the address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the address of the candidate.
committee_statecommittee_statetextThe state of the committee. For candidates, this is the address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the address of the candidate.
committee_zipcommittee_ziptextThe zip code of the committee. For candidates, this is the address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the address of the candidate.
committee_emailcommittee_emailtextThe email address of the committee. For candidates, this is the email address provided for the candidate committee, not necessarily the email address of the candidate.
candidate_emailcandidate_emailtextThe candidate’s personal e-mail. This email may be the same as the candidate’s committee email.
candidate_committee_phonecandidate_committee_phonetextThe committee phone number. In the case of a candidate, this is the phone number of the candidate, not the candidate's committee.
committee_faxcommittee_faxtextThis column show the fax machine number of the committee if any.
officeofficetextThe office sought by the candidate.
office_codeoffice_codetextThe numeric code that defines the office. For example the office code 31 defines the office of Mayor. Combined with the jurisdiction_code it defines a particular office such as Mayor of Olympia.
jurisdictionjurisdictiontextThe political jurisdiction associated with the office of a candidate.
jurisdiction_codejurisdiction_codetextThis is a unique code representing a jurisdiction with a reporting requirement.
jurisdiction_countyjurisdiction_countytextThe county associated with the jurisdiction of a candidate. Multi-county jurisdictions are reported as the primary county. This field will be empty when a candidate jurisdiction is statewide.
jurisdiction_typejurisdiction_typetextThe type of jurisdiction this office represents: Statewide, Local, Judicial, etc.
committee_categorycommittee_categorytextThis column contains a category for a political committee (PAC) for example: Continuing Political Committee, Party Committee, committees Affiliated with a party, Single election year committee, School levy committee, Local ballot initiative, Caucus political committee, Statewide Initiative committee.
political_committee_typepolitical_committee_typetextThis column designates the persuasion of the PAC; for example, Business, union, PAC, etc.
bonafide_committeebonafide_committeetextAn X in this column means this is a bona fide party committee
bonafide_typebonafide_typetextThe type of bonafide party committee, for example State Party, County Party, Leg Dist Party, party Associated committee.
positionpositiontextThe position associated with an office. This field typically applies to jurisdictions that have multiple positions or seats. This field does not apply to political committees.
party_codeparty_codetextUnique code that represents a candidates party. i.e. R represents Republican.
partypartytextThe political party as declared by the candidate on their C1 registration form. Contains only parties recognized by Washington State law.
election_dateelection_datecalendar_dateThis is the calendar month/day/year of the election where a candidate is elected to office or the date of the election for a ballot initiative committee.
reporting_optionreporting_optiontextThis field represents the level of reporting required by the filer. The FULL reporting option requires all contribution and expenditure reports. The MINI reporting option does not require any reports after the C1 registration report is filed. Please consult the PDC web site for more information regarding reporting options.
primary_election_statusprimary_election_statustextThe most recent status for a candidate in the primary election. Upon registration, this field is empty. After the primary election, the status of the campaign is assigned as Lost in primary; Judge certified before primary; Not in primary; Won in primary; Unopposed in primary.
general_election_statusgeneral_election_statustextFor candidates, this field represents the status at a point in time. The field starts out as empty; after the general election, the status of the campaign is assigned as Lost in general; Judge certified before general; Won in general; Unopposed in general.
election_statuselection_statustextThis field represent the status of a candidate jurisdiction relationship. The candidate could be an Incumbent running again for the same office. The candidate could be a challenger running against an incumbent. Or, the seat that is up for election could be an open seat meaning that there is no incumbent running for that seat.
exempt_nonexemptexempt_nonexempttextThis column designate whether a party committee is exempt from contribution limits or is non-exempt which means it is subject to limits when giving contributions.
ballot_committeeballot_committeetextAn X in this column designates the committee as a ballot committee.
ballot_numberballot_numbertextThe ballot number assigned to a Statewide ballot Initiative. Local ballot initiative will probably not have a ballot number because each county labels their initiatives starting at 1. So it is potentially possible for there to be 39 proposition 1's.
for_or_againstfor_or_againsttextDesignates whether the committee supports or opposes the initiative.
other_pacother_pactextAn X in this column designates the committee as a Continuing Political Committee.
treasurer_first_nametreasurer_first_nametextThe first name of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_last_nametreasurer_last_nametextThe last name of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_addresstreasurer_addresstextThe address of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_citytreasurer_citytextThe city of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_countytreasurer_countytextThe county of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_statetreasurer_statetextThe state of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_ziptreasurer_ziptextThe zip code of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
treasurer_phonetreasurer_phonetextThe phone number of the treasurer as reported on the C1pc registration.
contributions_amountcontributions_amountnumberThe sum total of all contributions reported. Refer to the "Contributions to Candidates and Political Committees" data set for line-item details.
carryforward_amountcarryforward_amountnumberThis filed indicates the amount of money that was reported as the starting balance on the first C4 filed for this filer_id and election year. For continuing committees, this is the balance carried forward for the previous year. For all others, this is money that was remaining from a previous campaign. For example, remaining funds from a candidate's 2012 campaign may be applied as the starting balance of the candidate's 2014 campaign. Any value reported here is not new funds, it was reported as a gain on a previous campaign or election year. Nothing in this definition supersedes applicable WAC/RCW.
expenditures_amountexpenditures_amountnumberThe sum total of all expenditures reported. Refer to the "Expenditures by Candidates and Political Committees" data set for line-item details.
loans_amountloans_amountnumberThe current outstanding loan balance of the campaign as of the time that the most recent C4 campaign summary report was filed.
pledges_amountpledges_amountnumberThe current total pledges reported by the campaign as of the time that the most recent C4 campaign summary report was filed.
debts_amountdebts_amountnumberThe current outstanding debt of the campaign as of the time that the most recent C4 campaign summary report was filed.
independent_expenditures_for_amountindependent_expenditures_for_amountnumberThe sum total of all independent (third party) expenditures made in support of the candidate. Independent expenditures are reported by the third party making the expenditure and the amount reported here only includes amounts where the third party accurately reported the name of the candidate. Refer to the "Independent Expenditures" data set for line-item details.
independent_expenditures_against_amountindependent_expenditures_against_amountnumberThe sum total of all independent (third party) expenditures made in opposition of the candidate. Independent expenditures are reported by the third party making the expenditure and the amount reported here only includes amounts where the third party accurately reported the name of the candidate. Refer to the "Independent Expenditures" data set for line-item details.
urlurlurlA link to a PDF version of the candidate C1 registration report as it was filed to the PDC.