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Quick Answers to Disclosure Questions

This page provides answers to frequently asked disclosure questions.  If you don't find an answer to your question here, please contact the FEC's Public Records Office, toll free at 800-424-9530 (option 2) or by e-mail at [email protected]. The office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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How can I find out who contributed to my Representative or Senator?

Campaign finance reports and data are available on the FEC web site and from the agency's Public Records Office, (800) 424-9530 (press 2, when prompted). State election offices also provide access to reports filed by candidates running in that state.

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Can the names and addresses on FEC reports be used to develop a commercial mailing list?

No. The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits the sale or use of individual names and addressed listed on FEC reports.  For additional information, consult our brochure, "Sale and Use of Information from FEC Reports."

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How often are FEC databases updated?

Information taken from the reports committees file with the FEC is available to the public within 48 hours of the agency's receipt of the report.  Reports filed electronically are available on the web almost instantaneously.

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How can I get historical data; i.e., reports filed prior to 1993?

Historical data is available from the FEC's Public Records Office --call (800) 424-9530 (press 2 when prompted) or e-mail [email protected]. The office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours during reporting periods.

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Where can I find information about state election laws and disclosure requirements?

Each year, the FEC publishes a Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory that -- among other things -- identifies the state agencies responsible for the disclosure of campaign finances, spending on state initiatives and other financial filings.

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