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Campaign Contribution Expenditure Information
Navigating our Search Page
From the same webpage, MDN provides you with two separate ways to tracking how special interests are funding government and politics.
If you're interested in finding out from where a public official is getting money, do the following:
Category: Select the category you wish to explore -- official, PAC or your own search. You can search for specific elected officials, PACs or do your own search.
If you select the Seek category you will be prompted to fill in information for a specific search by donor and/or recepient. But if you pick an elected-official or PAC category, one or two other selections will be opened:
Office Year: If you selected the elected-official category, this selection will be opened for you to pick one of the years the official was in office.
To: This selection will be opened if you selected either a political candidate or a political action committee. The selection will be filled in alphabetical order of the candidates or the PACs who have registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
In: Select the year for which you wish to see campaign contributions.
Once a category for the office-category has been selected, the selection-box to the right will be filled, in alphabetical order, with the officials who held office in the year you selected and had at least one campaign committee registered (or was registered) with the Missouri Ethics Commission will be displayed.
Once you have selected a specific recipient, all of the contributions reported by that official's campaign committee(s) will be displayed at the top. Some officials have more than one campaign committee that were created during their time in office. MDN's database searches all of those committees.
You can select prior years for contributions to the official by changing the year in the selection-box to the right of In:.
This feature lets you search for contributions in years before the official had been elected to office.
If you want a more expansive search, do the following:
If you would like to see the contributon report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, simply double click the item of interest.
MDN's databases of contribution reports are constructed from information filed by campaign committees with the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC). MEC has digital records going back no further than 2011.
Each filing includes the amount contributed, the source of the contribution and the date of the contribution expended. For a contribution by an individual (as opposed to a commitee or business, the report will include the contributor's employer (if any) and occupation..
Candidate: The name of the candidate receiving the contribution. MEC's database actually is the unique ID assigned to the candidate's committee that received the contribution. At MDN, we translate that ID to the actual person who formed the committee.
Donor: The name of the person, committee or business making the contribution.
City: The city of the donor's residence or committee/business location.
State: The donor'state.
Amount: The contribution amount. If you call up the actual MEC record, you'll find an interesting anomaly. There are two extra zeros added to the figure for cents. So, a contribution of $50.25 will appear $50.2500.
Date: The date the contribution was received by the candidate's committee.
Type: This is series of two or three letters indicating, in order, the category of the donor, the type of contribution made and finally, whether the report had been amended.
Donor: This letter indicates the type of donor. P indicates a political action committee or similar political committee such as a candidate's committee. B indicates the donor is a business. I indicates the donor is an individual.
Contribution Type: The will be one of two letters. M indicates the donation is cash, plain money. K designates the contribution as "inKind" -- meaning it involves non-cash contributions -- such as services like free use of a motor vehicle, office space, etc. The dollar amount is the estimated value of the service or provided.
Amended: The letter A will be added to the end of the list of type letters if the report indicates it is an amended report.
Display Functions at the Bottom
Office Year: This is the year for which you want to get a list of the officials to whom contributions have been made. Changing this selection to another year will adjust the list of officials after the To: label.
Position: This changes the list of the names of the officals to those holding the office-position you select (statwide, House or Senate).
To: Here is where you select the specifical official whose contributions you wish to see.
In: This selection lets you search contributions to an official in years before or after the Office Year selection -- including years before or after the person person held stae office. MDN's display of contributions is limited to a specific year because of the huge number contributions filed with the MEC.
Rank: Click this button to see the total contributions received in the contribution-seek year for officials who held the selected office-category that year. The list will also display how each candidate ranks in contributions compared to the other officials with the person getting the largest number of contributions in the year ranked #1.
At the top of the display will be buttons above each field you can click to sort the list by rank, total ammount recieved, title and the name of the officials.
View the Entire MEC Report
To view the full report filed with the Missouri Elections Commission for a particular entry, simply double-click the entry.
That will pop up a display of every field in MEC's database for that contribution.
Report ID: A unique number assigned by MEC for every contribution.
Candidate ID: The MEC ID for the candidate's committee to whom the contribution was made.
Candidate Committee Name: The name of the committee.
Committee: There will be an entry here only if the contributor is a political action committee or similar committee.
Company: This entry will be filled in if the donor is a business.
Last Name: If the the donor is an individual, this will be the last name of the person making the contribution.
First Name: And this will be the donor's first name.
Address 1: The donor's address.
Address 2: More address information.
City: The donor's city.
State: The donor's state.
Zip: The donor's zip code.
Employer: If the donor is an individual, this will be the donor's employer.
Occupation: And this will be the donor's self-described occupation, if the donor is an indivdual..
Date: The date and time of the contribution.
Amount: The amount of the contribution, with two 0s added to the end of the cents figure.
Contributon Type: The type of contribution -- actual money or an in-kind contribution such as services or products provided to the candidate.
Report: The category of report to the MEC in which the contribution entry was contained. State law requires several reports be filed during the course of the year such reports every three months and reports before and after a specific election.
Enter what you want find for the donor and/or recipient
You must enter at least four characters for one of the two fields. One field, however, can be empty. The search is case insensitive.
There is a limit of 100 records that will be displayed from this search, so you might want to narrow your search entry as much as possible.
To display a list of contributions
• Category: Select the category you wish to explore -- official, PAC or your own search
• Office Year: Select the year in office if you selected an elected-official category.
• To: Select the specific official or PAC, if you selected PACs or officials as the category.
• In: Select the year for which you wish to see campaign contributions.
• To: Select from the list the specific recipient.