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What is Political Moneyline?
Political Moneyline is the leading source of comprehensive, timely and objective campaign finance and lobbying information. Political Moneyline helps you analyze the flow of money through the political system by providing campaign donation and expenditure data from to the 1979-80 election cycle through the most recent filings.
Features of this service include:

Daily news briefs on the latest developments affecting campaign finance, lobbying and ethics in government. Political Moneyline includes congressional action; Federal Election Commission announcements; relevant court decisions; events affecting candidates and their fundraising efforts; and trends of PAC activity, including growth and giving to candidates of each party.

Detailed financial profiles of presidential, House and Senate candidates; all political action committees (PACs); Super PACs; national, state and local party committees; non-profit 527 groups; and registered lobbying firms.

Information on individual’s contributions to federal candidates, parties, PACs, and Super PACs

Information on PAC’s contributions to candidates, including a breakdown by members of Congress sitting on specific standing committees of Congress.

Facts and figures on thousands of registered lobbyists, including their clients, their spending, and the issues they cover.

The information available on Political Moneyline is organized on a series of pages designed to make access easy and fast. The news briefs and main menu on the home page enables users to find and browse specific types of money-in-politics information. In-depth information is available on separate linked pages for Candidates, Donors, Disbursements, PACs & Parties, Section 527 Organizations, Lobbying Firms & Clients, Foreign Corporation PAC/Lobby/527 Money, Government Regulation, and the Courts.


Who are the editors of Political Moneyline?
Kent Cooper and Tony Raymond are the editors of Political Moneyline. 

Kent and Tony have been working to disclose government information to the public for more than thirty years. This included working at the Federal Election Commission for more than 20 years. Kent was Assistant Staff Director for Disclosure and Tony was a Reports Analyst and later its first webmaster. Kent was responsible for making campaign finance reports available to the public. Tony was instrumental in developing the public interfaces for indexing, cross-referencing and retrieving images of reports and documents. He also served as the FEC’s first webmaster as the Commission moved more information to the public via the Internet. 

After leaving the FEC, they both moved to the non-profit Center for Responsive Politics, with Tony as its webmaster and chief information officer and Kent as the Executive Director. 

In 1998, they moved into the private sector and started their own research and information service, TRKC Inc. In 2006, they sold the company to CQ Roll Call and entered into a five-year servicing agreement, and subsequently formed the new joint venture.

Do I need a subscription to access information on Political Moneyline?
No, but only subscribers have access to the more detailed information available on the subsequent linked pages for PACs/527s, Candidates and Lobbying pages of the site. This includes complete financial profiles for Candidates, Parties, PACs, 527s, and lobbying firms as well as advanced search features and compiled reports. For information on how to subscribe and subscription costs, please e-mail sales@cqrollcall.com.

If I’m a current Political Moneyline subscriber, how can I get access to information on CQ.com?
To gain access to the information and services on CQ.com you will need to subscribe at an additional fee. Contact CQ Roll Call at 202-650-6599 or sales@cqrollcall.com for details, and to arrange for a free trial.

How do I access Political Moneyline from CQ.com?
If you subscribe to CQ.com or to any other CQ subscription site, you can get to Political Moneyline by clicking the link that appears in the "My Subscription" menu on CQ.com, or by selecting Political Moneyline from the "News" dropdown list at the top of your screen.

What kind of information can I find in Political Moneyline?


Administrative and financial information reported to the FEC by PACs, party committees, campaigns, and related political groups.

Administrative and financial information reported to the IRS by non-profit 527 organizations.

Disclosures reported by members of Congress to the House and Senate, on their personal finances, government-funded travel, and privately funded-travel.

Registrations and financial reports by lobbying firms and individual lobbyists.

Filings by the Supreme Court to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts regarding personal finances.

Other content that significantly relates to the mission of the Political Moneyline service.

How often is the information on the site updated?
Information from government agencies is posted to the site as it is made available to the public by the source agency. These agencies, in turn, generally release information on specific filings anywhere from a few minutes to several days after receiving the filing. The information contained in filings is typically posted to Political MoneyLine within several days of the filing deadline.
Here is a quick reference chart.


Filing

Frequency

Campaign finance data in general

Weekly

Campaign finance data, electronically filed

Daily

Candidate, PAC, Party, Industry rankings

Weekly

Corporate PACs registering

Daily

Corporate campaign finance violations

Weekly, or as they become public

Indian tribe contributions

Weekly

IRS Section 527 data

Weekly

Leadership PACs registering

Daily

Levin fund donations

Weekly

Lobby registrations

Daily

Lobby reports

Weekly

Member government travel reports

One week after filing deadline

Member legal defense funds

One week after filing deadline

Member list of other accounts

Weekly, or as they become known

Member personal financial reports

Weekly

Member privately-financed travel reports

Weekly

Public Corporations with PACs

Weekly

Super PACs and Independent Expenditures

Weekly

Can I download data Political MoneyLine?
Yes, for some of the data. Anywhere you see the Excel icon you can download that chart in XLS format.

Can I sort the charts I see in Political MoneyLine? How?
Yes, most charts are sortable. The headers of each sortable column are underlined on the charts. To change the sort order of chart, click on the name of the column you wish to sort.

How does the information available on Political Moneyline compare to the information that was on CQ MoneyLine?
Political Moneyline provides all the information previously provided by CQ Moneyline and more, including but not limited to:

Listings and totals of PAC contributions to each Standing Committee of Congress, with details on PAC money contributed to committee members’ campaign accounts and leadership PACs.

Listings of public corporations’ PACs and searches by ticker symbol. Listing of PACs of Fortune 500 companies.

Political spending totals and rankings combining an organization’s PAC money, lobbying money, and Section 527 contributions to others, including breakouts for corporations, associations, and foreign owned entities.

A new tool to select and compare several PACs by viewing their financial activity side-by-side.

A searchable database, with rankings, of all organizations reporting lobbying, PAC, or Section 527 donations. Breakouts are available for Corporations Only, Associations Only, and Foreign Entities.

Each PAC profile includes a ranking of its contributions to federal candidates, as compared to all other PACs. Corporate PACs are also ranked against all other corporate PACs. Independent expenditures made are also listed.

A searchable database of reported contributions to national party conventions, including dates and amounts of corporate and association donations.

Donor geography breakouts by state/city for donors to House, Senate, Presidential, PAC, Party, and 527 organizations.

Daily updating of listings and images of candidate and PAC reports electronically filed with the FEC.

Disbursements made by presidential and House campaigns, as well as PAC and party committees, detailed by type of spending.

Custom email alerts for candidates or committees of new electronic campaign finance filings, with immediate summary numbers and detailed breakdowns.

Quick searches for FEC reports, providing the most recent full committee name, address, treasurer name, and ID# for any candidate, PAC, or party committee.

Listing of reported lobbyists bundling contributions to 2012 presidential campaigns.

Listing of convictions of embezzlement of political funds.

Listing of corporations and individuals convicted or fined for illegal corporate contributions.

Enhanced financial profile of each member of Congress, including the Roll Call listing of the fifty wealthiest members, and notes on additional blind trusts and the assessed value of their Washington, D.C. area home.

A news blog of recent activity, events, and interesting contributions and expenditures in newly filed FEC, IRS and lobbying reports.

A new and expanded glossary of more than 200 political money terms.


 
What exclusive information or research tools does Political Moneyline offer?

Ranking of corporations/associations by a combination of PAC, Lobby, and Section 527 spending.

Each PAC, with a ranking of contributions to federal candidates, compared to all PACs.

Ability to verify data by drilling down on all totals and subcategories to the images of actual lobby reports.

List and search of public corporations by stock ticker symbol. Listing of PACs of Fortune 500 companies.

New lobby registrations.

Benchmark and side-by-side comparisons of financial figures for user selected PACs.

Custom email alerts for new FEC filings from Members of Congress, candidates, PACs by industry, and members of standing committees of Congress.

Organization/corporation/association profiles that show their PAC, lobby, 527, and convention activities in one place.

Cross-cycle searchable database of National Party Convention Donors, including corporate donors.

Nationwide chart of all individual donors by state, showing detail on contributions to candidates, Parties, PACs, and Section 527 entities.

PAC money given to members of each Standing Committee of Congress, showing details for each PAC and each Member by industry. (Including campaign and leadership PACs).

Charts of each candidate’s overall career total (1980-present) summary figures along with each cycle's totals.

Data on the value, dates, and destination of official Congressional travel by Members of Congress.

Data on the value, dates, destinations, and donors of gifts of private travel to Members of Congress.

Congressional Personal Financial Disclosures, including weekly updates for amendments filed throughout the year.

Names of Members' foundations, legal defense funds, and recount committees.

Value of Members’ Washington, DC-area residences, if known.

Campaign embezzlements and convicted embezzlers.

Corporate campaign finance violations.

Top campaign finance lawyers.

Indian Tribe Totals/Standardized Names/Recipients.

Supreme Court personal financial disclosure reports.

Glossary of campaign finance words or phrases including more than 200 terms.

What information is on the Political Moneyline front page?
The home page contains news briefs covering the latest developments in campaign finance, lobbying and issues involving money in politics. Where appropriate, these news briefs will be linked to specific databases and search tools on the site will permit you to find more details or similar information.

What information is in the Candidate section?
The opening page features a candidate lookup tool, a specialized browse tool and a series of continuously updated reports. These reports include:


Candidate campaign finance figures by state and district with rankings for a specific cycle's receipts, disbursements, money from PACs, money from individuals, and cash-on-hand.  

Career and each cycle candidate totals since 1980 for receipts, disbursements, money from PACs, money from individuals, and cash-on-hand.

A candidate’s leadership PAC and campaign committee financial figures. There is also a separate listing of all leadership PACs, showing summary figures and details on contributions the PAC has given to candidates.

Detailed breakdowns for a candidate’s top ten states for fundraising, top ten dates for fundraising, and top ten contributions from employers. Also in-state and out-of-state totals and percentages of itemized individual contributions.

Listing of individuals contributing to the candidate, with dates, amounts, and identifying data. Also a separate listing of leadership PACs that gave to this candidate, as well as other candidates that gave to this candidate.

Detailed breakdowns of disbursements by category of spending, such as transportation.

Listing of PAC contributions made to the candidate, with dates and amounts. Listing of Independent Expenditures made for or against this candidate.

Listing of member’s assignment on Standing Committees and subcommittees.

Detail of contributions made by a candidate to others.

Comparison of each candidate to his or her opponent.

Latest candidate electronic filings.

Personal financial reports of the candidate.

Listing of Roll Call's wealth ranking.

Value of DC area residence owned, if known.

Privately paid member travel.

Government-sponsored member travel.

Listing of each of the candidate's FEC filings, along with summary figures and links to images of the reports, updated daily.


What information is in the Donor Search section?
The Donor Search section provides information on all donations by individuals and Indian tribes to all federal filers including candidates, PACs, party committees, and others.

The Donor Lookup page allows users to enter someone's name, select one or more two-year election cycles, and then view the individual contributions.
The individual contribution listing will show:

Donor's full name as reported by the filing committee.

Donor’s occupation or employer name.

Donor’s address (city, state, zip code)

Recipient name

Type of Contribution

Date of Contribution

Amount of Contribution

The Indian Tribe $ page provides a sortable listing of Indian tribe contributions by:

Top recipient organizations

Total donations, by year

Top recipient candidates

The Convention Donor page provides a listing of donors of $2500 or more to major party conventions that includes:

Names of individuals, unions, corporations, and associations

City and State of donors

Date of donation

Amount of donation

In-kind contributions, if reported

 
The Donor Geography page shows the geographic breakdown of itemized contributions to House, Senate, and presidential campaigns, as well as political party committees and Section 527 entities.

What information is in the Disbursement section?
This section allows users to find individuals, companies or organizations that have been paid more than $200 by a committee reporting to the Federal Election Commission. Users can search by Payee name, Zip Code, Purpose/Description, or with an advanced search, that combines all three.

The search results will show:
Payee name

Reported purpose or description of the payment

Payee City, State, and Zip Code

Name of the filer reporting the payment

Date of the payment

Amount of the payment, with link to an image of the report

What information is in the PAC section?
The PAC section features a PAC/Party/527 lookup tool, a specialized browse tool that allows you to display financial summaries for various types of PACs (labor union PACs, corporate PACs and 527s, national party committees, etc.), and a series of continuously updated reports. These reports include:

Latest PAC e-filings of financial figures and contributions to candidates.

Custom e-mail alerts for new filings from candidates, members of standing committees of Congress, industry PACs, national party committees, leadership PACs

PAC benchmarking tool for comparing any five PACs with side-by-side financial figures

Newest corporate PACs

Top Corp PACs by: total receipts, contributions to candidates D/R. Also Fortune 500 Corps with PACs.

Super PACs ranked by receipts, disbursements, cash-on-hand, aggregate amount given by Super PAC donors, raw Super PAC donor list, and Super PAC Independent Expenditures.

Publicly Traded Corp PACs sortable by contributions to candidates D/R, national party committees, and leadership PACs. There is also a list of Fortune 500 companies and their federal PACS with totals of their contributions.

Trade Association PACs and Labor Organizations ranked by contributions to Democratic and Republican candidates

Listing of corporate campaign finance violations

Listing of PACRONYMS, showing PAC acronym and full name, state, and FEC ID #

What information is on specific PAC pages?

Current name, address, treasurer, FEC ID#

Current ranking of contributions to candidates compared to all filers

Current ranking of contributions to candidates compared to all corporate PACs

Summary chart of overall cycle-to-date contributions to candidates

Donors to the PAC

Contributions made. Independent Expenditures made.

History of total receipts and disbursements

Contributions made to leadership PACs

Contributions made to Standing Committees of Congress

Listing and links to their original electronic filings, updated daily

Detailed breakdowns of disbursements by category. 


What information is on the PAC Comparison page?

This page presents a side-by-side comparison chart, for up to five PACs, of key financial statistics of five PACs selected by the subscriber. The PAC comparison chart displays 25 summary financial figures for each PAC selected. The figures include totals for various kinds of receipts and disbursements, and breakdowns of contributions made to parties, candidates, and leadership PACs. The chart will automatically update as new data becomes available. The PAC comparison chart is unique to each subscriber, it is not viewable by others.

How do I add or delete PACs from my chart?
Add a PAC to the chart by clicking “Track this Committee” at the top of the PAC's profile page.
Delete PACs from the chart using the “Remove” tab, found just above the chart.
Changes to the chart will save automatically.

What information is on the Party Committee overview page?
This page provides comparative data on the two national party political committees, as well as each party’s Senatorial and Congressional campaign committees. It also shows rankings of all party committees by receipts, disbursements and cash on hand.

What information is on the individual Party committee pages?
Current name, address, treasurer, FEC ID#

Current ranking of contributions to candidates compared to all filers

Summary chart of overall cycle-to-date contributions to candidates

Donors to the committee

Contributions made

History of total receipts and disbursements

Contributions to leadership PACs

Contributions to standing committees of Congress

Listing and links to their original electronic filings, updated daily

Detailed breakdowns of disbursements by FEC category

What information is in the PAC $ To Congressional Committees section?
These pages show the amount of PAC money going into each standing committee of the House and the Senate, as well as joint committees. Users can sort committees by: name, total PAC money received, or amount of PAC money received by Democrats or Republicans.
For each standing committee there is:

Sortable listing of all its members, along with the dollar amount of their PAC receipts and individual receipts. There is also a link from any committee member to his or her candidate profile page.

Interest group category breakdown of PAC money received by its members. Interest group giving is also divided by disbursements to Democrats or Republicans.

Sortable list of the PAC’s disbursements to the committee members.

Breakouts for each PAC to show the total money given to the campaign committees of standing committee members.

Percentage of a PAC’s total of disbursements to all federal candidates, made to each standing committee.

What information is in the Lobby $ and Lobbyist section?
These pages features lobbying lookup tools and specialized searches that allow you to browse all individual lobbyists, lobbying firms and their clients, and a series of continuously updated reports. These pages include the following:

A Lobby Directory showing:

A Multi-year chart of the number of active lobbying entities

Listings of all registrants and clients reporting

Listings of all lobbyists

Breakouts of federal lobbying by specific reporting periods, showing:

Total money spent by specific industry sectors, such as “Health”

Amounts spent by specific organizations

Amounts spent by lobbying entities

Top client payments

Spending by specific industry sectors, and largest lobbying firms.

New lobby registrations filed within the last seven days. The registrations include:

Registrant's name

Client name

Client city

Client state

Client business description

Specific lobbyists’ names

Link to the image of the actual lobby registration filed

A link to the Lobbying Contribution Search produced by the Clerk of the House can also be found in the side navigation.

What information is in the IRS 527 $ section?
The Section 527 profile pages highlight those entities that have registered and reported to the Internal Revenue Service under Section 527 of the IRS Code.
All organizations (whether they are national, state, or local) and their total receipts in each cycle appear in a special chart ranking them by the size of receipts.
“Key 527 Organizations” that operate on a national level are identified. These appear in a separate chart where transfers between entities in this group have been removed to avoid duplications. There is a separate breakdown of groups that are Republican-oriented or Democrat-oriented.
A ranking of the donors into these Key 527 organizations is also provided. Click on a name of an individual or organization and view the specific transactions that make up the total amount donated.

What information is in the Cash Register section?
These pages provide a constantly updated total of all PAC contributions, lobby spending, and donations to Section 527 entities reported by companies, associations and other organizations, for their PAC contributions, lobby spending, and donations to Section 527 entities in a two-year cycle. In a full election cycle, this tallies federal political money for more than 20,000 organizations. This overall political spending summary is available only on Political Moneyline. 

Each organization is listed by its parent organization name. For organizations owned, controlled or based outside the United States, the country of origin is listed in capital letters. 

For each organization, the overall cycle political money total is given, as well as the three figures that comprise the total – PAC contributions, lobby spending, and donations to Section 527 entities. The financial totals provided include figures from any subsidiaries and connected or affiliated organizations. Links permit one to drill down and see the itemization from these subgroups.
Corporations, Associations, Foreign entities, or European entities may be viewed separately.

What information is on the Government Regulation section?
This page features links to the key federal government regulators of money in politics. There are links for the Federal Election Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Secretary of the U.S. Senate, and a listing of state regulators.

What information is on the Courts & Bar section?
This page highlights several campaign finance court cases, such as Citizens United, and provides links to the decisions.
There are also links to the Federal Election Commission litigation indexes and federal campaign finance laws, and the Outside Legal Advice page with its links to selected attorneys with extensive campaign finance experience.

What information is on the Capitol Insiders section?
This page lists former members of Congress and their current employers. It also provides links to their biographies on their current employers' website. Many are still Capitol insiders and emphasize their continuing connections to current members of Congress and standing committees. This page also provides links to their employers, which in many cases are lobbying firms in Washington, D.C.

What is in the Money Terms A-Z section?
This section provides a glossary of uncommon words, terms, and phrases used in the field of money-in-politics. It may also serve as a quick reference guide for persons new to the field or those who wish to learn more about the phrases mentioned in meetings and discussions, or used by the news media.  It should not be used as a basis for making legal determinations nor understanding legal distinctions.
 
What is in the New Publications section?
 
This section provides a listing of recently published materials, books, reports regarding money-in-politics to help users understand the background.

What is in the FEC Report Tracker section?

This section allows the user to set up customized email alerts when new electronic filings are received by the FEC. Users can choose from several types of alerts:

House campaign committees and leadership PACs of members of a selected Standing Committee of Congress.

PACs by selected industry category.

House campaign committees, leadership PACs, and party committees from a selected state.

All federal Leadership PACs.

All Major Presidential campaigns.

All six national party Committees.

All Super PACs.