Secretary of State
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Reliability and Quality of Data
The information presented in the Campaign Finance Reporting Database is, to the best of our ability, a timely and accurate representation of the campaign statements filed with the Bureau of Elections.
Almost all of the information in the database has been filed electronically by the committees. Some, but not all, of the information filed from1997 and 2004 was key entered from the original paper campaign statements filed by the committees.
Starting in January of 2004, all committees spending or receiving $20,000.00 or more in a calendar year are required to file electronically. When the information is filed electronically, all of the information submitted by the committee is made available and the information is not changed or manipulated by the Bureau of Elections.
As you are querying the data and viewing the results, you may find items which are inconsistent with filing requirements, such as blank items or incorrect data. It is likely that they are incorrect or missing in the database because they were incorrect or missing on the reports submitted to the Bureau.
The information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. It is recommended that the information be cross-referenced with the original campaign statement on file with the Bureau. Committees may also have filed amendments or updates to their campaign statements which are not reflected in the database. Any data anticipated to be published should be confirmed with candidates and committees referenced.
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