This dataset contains expenditures made by from surplus funds accounts of Washington State Candidates for the last 10 years as reported to the PDC on forms C3, C4, Schedule C and their electronic filing equivalents.
A surplus funds account uses the same value for the filer id field in the data set except the surplus account has a "*" in it. This can be used to correlate to the same candidate in other data sets.
For surplus accounts, the number of years is determined by the year of the election, not necessarily the year the expenditure 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 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.
|Field Name||Data Type||Description|
|amount||number||The amount of the expenditure or in-kind contribution. In-kind contributions are both a contribution and an expenditure and represented in both the contributions and expenditures data.|
|code||text||The type of expenditure. The values displayed are human readable equivalents of the type codes reported on the form C4 schedule A. Please refer to the form for a listing of all codes. Itemized expenditures are generally required to have either a code or a description but may be required to have both. Non-itemized expenditures do not have a description.|
|description||text||The reported description of the transaction. Non-itemized expenditures will not contain a description.|
|election_year||number||The election year in the case of candidates and single election committees. The reporting year in the case of continuing political committees.|
|expenditure_date||calendar_date||The date that the expenditure was made or the in-kind contribution was received. See the metadata for the origin and amount field regarding in-kind contributions.|
|filer_id||text||The 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 filer ids. 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_name||text||The candidate or committee name as reported on the form C1 candidate or committee registration form. 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.|
|id||text||PDC internal identifier that corresponds to a single expenditure record. When combined with the origin value, this number uniquely identifies a single row.|
|itemized_or_non_itemized||text||A record for an itemized expenditure represents a single expenditure. A record for a non-itemized expenditure represents one or more expenditures where the individual expenditures are less than the limit for itemized reporting. In this case the record is the aggregate total for the reporting period.|
|origin||text||This field shows from which filed report-type the data originates. A/LE50 refers to non-itemized expenditures of $200 and less per expenditure. A/GT50 refers to itemized expenditures greater than $200 per expenditure. A/LE50 and A/GT50 are both reported on schedule A of form C4. As part of inflationary rule changes the dollar amount increased on April 1, 2023 from $50 and less per expenditure to $200 or less per expenditure.|
|person_id||number||The unique ID assigned to a public office holder or candidate. This id is consistent across years and, offices or candidacies and is the preferred id for identifying a natural person.|
|recipient_address||text||The street address of the individual or vendor paid as reported. Please refer to the recipient_name field for more information regarding address fields.|
|recipient_city||text||The city of the individual or vendor paid as reported. Please refer to the recipient_name field for more information regarding address fields.|
|recipient_location||point||The geocoded location of the individual or vendor paid as reported. The quality of the geocoded location is dependent on how many of the address fields are available and is calculated using a third-party service. The PDC has not verified the results of the geocoding. Please refer to the recipient_name field for more information regarding address fields.|
|recipient_name||text||The name of the individual or vendor paid as reported. The names appearing here have not been normalized and the same entity may be represented by different names in the dataset. Non-itemized expenditures of $200 or less will have a recepient_name of EXPENSES OF $200 OR LESS and origin of A/LE50, and all address fields will be empty. As part of inflationary rule changes the dollar amount increased on April 1, 2023 from $50 or less to $200 or less.|
|recipient_state||text||The state of the individual or vendor paid as reported. Please refer to the recipient_name field for more information regarding address fields.|
|recipient_zip||text||The zip code of the individual or vendor paid as reported. Please refer to the recipient_name field for more information regarding address fields.|
|report_number||text||PDC identifier used for tracking the individual form C4 . Multiple expenditures will have the same report number when they were reported to the PDC at the same time. The report number is unique to the report it represents. When a report is amended, a new report number is assigned that supersedes the original version and the original report records are not included in this dataset.|
|type||text||Indicates if this record is for a candidate or a political committee. In the case of a political committee, it may be either a continuing political committee, party committee or single election year committee.|
|url||url||A link to a PDF version of the original report as it was filed to the PDC.|