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Philadelphia Campaign Finance Data

Source

Philadelphia Departent of Records - https://phila-records.com/campaign-finance/web/

Data

Campaign finance data from the City of Philadelphia for the period 2005 - 2012.

Campaign finance data for the entire State of Pennsylvania can be searched at https://www.campaignfinanceonline.state.pa.us/pages/CFReportSearch.aspx or downloaded at http://dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/full_campaign_finance_export/21644.

Description of fields

  • Filer Name: The person or committee filing the report.
  • Year: The year the report is in.
  • Cycle: The cycle the report covers (there are seven cycles, plus 24-hour reports in the two weeks leading up to the primary election listed as cycle 8, and 24-hour reports in the two weeks leading up to the general election listed as cycle 9).
  • DocType: The section of the campaign finance form where the entry is listed. There are four schedules on the form: Contributions and Receipts, In-Kind Contributions, Expenditures, and Unpaid Debt.
  • Entity Name: (+ AddressLine 1, AddressLine2, City, State, and Zip) The entity is whomever is on the other side of the transaction from the filer, whether it be contribution, expenditure, or debt. The candidate or committee is also required to collect the entity’s address.
  • Occupation: The occupation of the contributor.
  • Employer Name: (+ AddressLine 1, AddressLine2, City, State, and Zip) The employer information of the contributor.
  • Date: Date of the transaction.
  • Amount: Amount of the transaction.
  • Description: Expenditures need a description of what the expenditure was for. Contributions can have descriptions but are not required to have them.
  • Amended: Was the report amended?
  • SubDate: The date the report or amendment was submitted.
  • FiledBy: Whether the report is filed by a candidate, a committee, individual, lobbyist, or nonpolitical organization.