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Campaign Financial Disclosure
Provided by the New York State Board of Elections

Query Instructions

How To Search The Electronic Filing Database

On the main menu under the heading QUERY THE ELECTRONIC FILING DATABASE, you will find several ways to search the database:

  1. View Contributors -- Takes you to the Contributor Search Page (See below for detailed instructions) and allows you to search by type of contributor: Corporations; Committees, Partnerships, Unions, Associations, etc.; Individuals.
  2. View Committee By Name -- Takes you to the Committee Search Page (See below for detailed instructions) and allows you to search by filer name.
  3. View Committees By Office -- Takes you to the Elected Office Search Page (See below for detailed instructions) and allows you to search by office and district.

You may also choose to view 24 Hour Notices Filed--Any contribution or loan which exceeds $1000.00, and which is received after the cut-off date for filing the 11 Day Pre-Election report but before Election Day, must be reported within 24 hours of receipt.

Key Concepts

The Contributor, Committee and Elected Office Search Pages all allow you to view more detailed information from your search results by clicking on the Recipient or the FilerID Detail Link. You may then select and view the following information about a specific filer:

All search results may be printed, but some of the results may require a large number of pages to print an entire report or list.

Search results may also be downloaded as a "htm" file and viewed with an Internet browser. It is highly recommended that you use the newest version of your Internet browser.

A Note About the Percent Sign on Results Pages.

The "%" sign is a wild card in the Electronic Filing Database. The wild card is a very powerful database search tool. It is used to represent any value, and the location of the wild card dictates where that value will appear. Your selection in the "Appearing" Section of the search form will automatically insert the "%" sign in the proper the location to retrieve the search results you want.

At any time you may return to the Electronic Filing Main Menu or the NYSBOE Home Page.

Using The Contributor Search Page

Instructions-- Provide your search criteria in the interactive search form and submit your query.

Search Form -- Allows you to customize your search requirements. You may search by the following criteria:

Results Returned from a Contributor Search

Search Criteria -- Listed at the top of every search result page you will find the search criteria you entered and the number of records retrieved that matched your criteria. The following will appear:

Schedule Legend - A list of schedules and the type of contribution each represents.

Query Results Display - A list of contributors that match your search requirements. The displayed fields include:

Using The Committee Search Page

Instructions--Provide your search criteria in the interactive search form and submit your query.

Results Returned from a Committee Search

Search Criteria -- Listed at the top of every search result page you will find the search criteria you entered and the number of records retrieved that matched that criteria. The following will appear:

Query Display -- A list of filers that match your search requirements. The displayed fields include:

Using The Elected Office Search Page

Instructions -- Provide your search criteria in the interactive search form and submit your query.

Results Returned from an Elected Office Search

Search Criteria -- Listed at the top of every search result page you will find the search criteria you entered and the number of records retrieved that matched that criteria. The following will appear:

Query Display -- A list of filers that match your search requirements. The displayed fields include:

Detail Links Page

If you click on the Recipient field in the Contributor Search Results Display OR the FilerID/Detail Link in the Committee or Elected Office Query Results Display, you will go to the Detail Links Page which contains the following information:

Two search options are available on the Detail Links Page:

  1. Select and view the filer's entire financial disclosure form.
  2. View a list of contributors to the filer.

View Financial Disclosure Forms

  1. Select the filing year.
  2. Select the filing period.
  3. Click on the "Get Form" button.

The results of this option will be the retrieval of the filer's entire financial disclosure statement in report form along with a brief summary at the end.

View a List of Contributors

  1. Select the filing year -- Select specific year or all available years.
  2. Enter the contributor's last name or corporate/committee name. (Leaving the box blank will retrieve all contributors.)
  3. Select a specific contribution amount or all contributions.
  4. Click on "Get List" button.

The results of this option will be the retrieval of a list of contributors to the filer, listed at the top of the page, who match your search criteria.

Assistance/Help Desks

You may contact the State Board of Elections at the following numbers or through the NYSBOE Home Page for additional information or assistance:

NYS Board of Elections: 1-800-458-3453
Campaign Finance: (518) 474-8200 option 2
Information Technology: (518) 474-8200 option 5
Public Information Office: (518) 474-1953