How To Search For Information


Search for Candidate Reports

If you'd like to look at documents filed by a candidate:

Type the last name of the candidate, one space, and the first initial of the first name in the FILER NAME box and click on the Send Query button. This will take you to the Result Set page. If you don't know the first name, just enter the last name or any portion of the candidate's name. You may enter any punctuation (hyphen, comma, period, etc…) you like, with the exception of apostrophes. For help with apostrophes and other punctuation marks, see Search using Punctuation Marks.

Note: An asterisk ("*") is automatically appended to the end of the name you enter.

If you'd like to narrow the search to a particular election year, you would put, for example, "2000" in the ELECTION YEAR box. You don't need to narrow your search any further.



Search for Political Committee Reports

If you'd like to look at documents filed by a political committee, party committee, local ballot committee, etc.:

Type in the name of the committee in the FILER NAME box and click on the Send Query button. This will take you to the Result Set page. If you don't know the committee's full name, you may enter only part of it, but it must be the first part. (i.e. COMM FOR BETTER or see below for a list of committees). Enter the name the way it appears on the list. You may enter any punctuation (hyphen, comma, period, etc…) you like, with the exception of apostrophes. For help with apostrophes and other punctuation marks, see Search using Punctuation Marks.

Note: An asterisk ("*") is automatically appended to the end of the name you enter.

If you'd like to narrow the search to a particular election year (for statewide initiatives), you would put, for example, "1999" in the ELECTION YEAR box. You don't need to narrow your search any further.

Note: The word committee is always abbreviated to COMM and the word citizens is always abbreviated to CIT.
Lists of Committees:
    Political Party Committees (3KB in PDF format)
    Legislative Caucus Committees (3KB in PDF format)
    Other Committees (443KB in PDF format)


Search for Lobbyist Reports

If you'd like to look at documents filed by a lobbyist:

Type the last name of the lobbyist, one space, and the first initial of the first name in the FILER NAME box and click on the Send Query button. This will take you to the Result Set page. If you don't know the first name, just enter the last name or click here for a list of registered lobbyists. Enter the name the way it appears on the list. You may enter any punctuation (hyphen, comma, period, etc…) you like, with the exception of apostrophes. For help with apostrophes and other punctuation marks, see Search using Punctuation Marks.

Note: An asterisk ("*") is automatically appended to the end of the name you enter.

If you'd like to narrow the search to a particular type of report, you would put, for example, "L1" in the FORM TYPE box. You don't need to narrow your search any further.



Search for Lobbyist Employer Reports

If you'd like to look at documents filed by a lobbyist employer:

Type the name of the lobbyist employer in the FILER NAME box and click on the Send Query button. This will take you to the Result Set page. If you don't know the exact name, just enter part of it or click here for a list of lobbyist employers. Enter the name the way it appears on the list. You may enter any punctuation (hyphen, comma, period, etc…) you like, with the exception of apostrophes. For help with apostrophes and other punctuation marks, see Search using Punctuation Marks.

Note: An asterisk ("*") is automatically appended to the end of the name you enter.

If you'd like to narrow the search to a particular type of report, you would put, for example, "L3" or "L3c" in the FORM TYPE box. You don't need to narrow your search any further.



Other Reporting Entities

Public Agency Lobbying (L5)--Enter the name of the local or state agency in the FILER NAME box.

Grass Roots Lobbying Campaigns (L6)--Enter the name of the Initiative to the Legislature committee or other filer in the FILER NAME box.

Reports of Employer of Legislators, State Officers or State Employees (L7)--Enter the name of the employer in the FILER NAME box.

Out-of-State or Federal Committee Contributions (C5)--Enter the name of the Out-of-State or Federal committee in the FILER NAME box.

Independent Expenditures (C6)--Enter the name of the spender in the FILER NAME box.

Special Political Expenditures (C7)--Enter the name of the spender in the FILER NAME box.



Search using Punctuation Marks

You may enter any punctuation you like, with the exception of apostrophes. If the name you are looking for contains an apostrophe you may successfully search for that name by entering either a question mark (character wildcard) or an asterisk (string wildcard) in place of the apostrophe. You may use this same technique to replace other punctuation marks as well.

Note: When you use a question mark (?) in a string of text, VIEW REPORTS searches for documents that contain that string of text, but allows any single character to take the place of the question mark. When you use an asterisk (*) in a string of text, VIEW REPORTS searches for documents that contain that string of text, but allows any number of characters or even the lack of a character to take the place of the asterisk.

For example, if the name you are looking for is O'Malley, it may be found by entering "O?Malley", "O?M*", or "O*".
"O?Malley" will return all entries which start with O?Malley – ex. O'Malley, OrMalley, OtMalley, etc…
"O?M*" will return all entries which start with O?M – ex. O'Malley, Otman, Ormsby, etc…
"O*" will return all entries that start with O – ex. O'Malley, Olsen, Obermann, etc…

If the name you are looking for is O-Dell, it may be found by entering "O-Dell", "O?Dell", "O?D*", or "O*"
"O-Dell" will return all entries which start with O-Dell – ex. O-Dell, O-Dells, O-Delloman, etc…
"O?Dell" will return all entries which start with O?Dell – ex. O-Dell, O'Dell, Ordello, etc…
"O?D*" will return all entries which start with O?D – ex. O-Dell, O'Donnal, Oldham, etc…
"O*" will return all entries which start with O – ex. O-Dell, Otton, Oppenheimer, etc…

Note: An asterisk ("*") is automatically appended to the end of the name you enter.



Result Set Page

What should appear at this point is a grid of the reports filed by that particular entity (candidate, political committee, lobbyist, lobbyist employer, etc.) in chronological order. You may re-order them by clicking on any of the available column headers (FILER NAME, FORM TYPE, ELECTION YEAR, OFFICE SOUGHT, DATE RECEIVED, DESCRIPTION/PARTY, BALLOT NUMBER, and LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT). For a list of PDC forms and what they are used for, click here.

Choose the report you would like to view and click anywhere on that line. The report should appear and you should be able to print it, or save it to disk. You will also be able to log out, return to your previous search results, or initiate a new search from this screen.

Note: Please remember to log out when you're done so that others can use VIEW REPORTS as well.