Searching for a Candidate

You can access the Candidate Search page to search for and view a Candidate and his or her filings.

Tasks

To access the Candidate Search page:

 

 

To...

Then...

Access the page from the menu bar...

  1. Click the search tab in the menu bar.

 

The Search the Campaign Finance Database page is displayed.

 

  1. Click the candidate searchlink.

 

The Candidate Search page is displayed.

Access the page from the left navigation menu...

Click the candidates link in the left navigation menu.

 

The Candidate Search page is displayed.

 

To search for a Candidate:

 

  1. Enter search criteria into one or more fields.

 

  1. Click the search button.

 

If...

Then...

A single record matches the search criteria...

The Committee Detail page is displayed for that record.

 

Perform the steps for Viewing Committee Detail.

More than one record matches the search criteria...

The search results are displayed in the Search Results data grid. Tip icon If the search results exceed the page's display limit, you can click a page number at the bottom of the grid to view additional results.

To change the number of records that display per page, select a value from the page size drop-down.
Note icon

 

Name Begins With Radio Button
This radio button places a wildcard at the end of the characters you enter. The system will search for and return names that begin with the characters you specify in the Last Name and/or First Name fields in the order in which you typed them. See table below for an example.

Name Contains Radio Button

This radio button places a wildcard at the beginning and end of the characters you enter and in place of each space you enter. The system will search for and return names that contain the characters you specify in the Last Name and/or First Name fields in the order in which you typed them anywhere within the name. See table below for an example.

 

Example

Last Name field = ma

First Name field = an

 

Name

Begins With Match?

Contains Match?

Mark Anders

Yes

Yes

Mark Anderson

Yes

Yes

Matthew Anton

Yes

Yes

Matt Antonette

Yes

Yes

Amanda Sanders

No

Yes

Michael Samuels

No

No

 

 

 

To...

Then...

Export the search results to a CSV Comma-Separated Values. A format in which data in a file is separated by a comma. This format is used for importing and exporting data. file...

  1. Click the CSV icon CSV image.

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to a CSV file and saved to the location you specified. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Export the search results to an Excel spreadsheet...

  1. Click the Excel icon .

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to an Excel file and saved to the location you specified. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Export the search results to a PDF file...

  1. Click the PDF icon PDF icon.

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to a PDF file and saved to the location you specified. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Print the search results...

  1. Click the Print icon Print icon.

 

The output is displayed on your screen and the Print dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Adjust the settings as necessary and click the print button.

 

The search results are sent to the specified printer and the Print dialog box is closed.

 

  1. Click the back link to return to the Candidate Search page.

View a Candidate...

  1. Click the link in the Candidate Name column of the data grid for the Candidate you want to view.

 

The Candidate Detail page is displayed for the selected record.

 

  1. Perform the steps for Viewing Candidate Detail.

Change the search criteria...

Click the change criteria button.

 

No records match the specified search criteria...

The system displays an error message.

 

Click the reset button to clear the search criteria and perform another search.

 

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