Help on “View a PAC Report” Search Fields
 

Help on Key Word Searches Using Wildcards

There is no need to enter an asterisk (*) for a wildcard search. Wildcard searches are automatic. In cases where you are presented with search fields that allow you to enter text, you will have the option of entering all or part of a name. The automatic wildcard feature will return a result set with each entry using wildcards for your searches. Wildcards provide a method for completing searches even when you do not know all of the required information.

Often, a candidate, committee, or PAC name entered does not match the name under which the entity filed reports. Also, a contributor’s name may appear in the database in a different form than what you have entered. If, after reviewing this information concerning key word searches, you are unable to complete your search, contact the staff of the Commission at (609) 292-8700 or Toll Free in NJ at 1-888-313-ELEC (3532) for assistance.

Wildcards for Candidate or Contributor Names

An example of the value that automatic wildcards add to searches is a search on a name that such as “Williamson.” The name can be searched by entering “Will,” William,” or “Williams.” Therefore, if you entered the word “Will” in the non-individual name field, all variations in the database having the letters “Will” will be presented in the result set.

Another example of performing a search is to search by other criteria such as PAC Type, Party Affiliation, Year, etc and leave out reference to a name.

 

All of the search fields are optional. However, due to the size of the searchable database it is recommended you make at least one selection. If you are not sure of a search field or don't want to narrow your search by that field leave the selection at “ALL”.

Search by PAC Name when looking for filings by a specific Continuing Political Committee, Political Party Committee or Legislative Leadership Committee.

  • PACronym is the authorized abbreviation of the organizations name e.g., ATLA for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Not all PACs have a PACronym associated with their name. You may enter the name or use part of the name and Wildcards.

Use Committee Type to search by specific PAC categories. PACs are placed into one of various categories by ELEC staff, such as “State Political Party Committee,” or “Labor Union.” However, to assure the accuracy of your search, we suggest that you first review all the categories and search as many as apply. For example, if you are interested in looking at all Union PACs, start your search by selecting “Union PAC” as the type of PAC. After reviewing that list, select “Labor Union” as your next search.

Use one of the two Location search boxes to find those entities filing reports in a specific legislative district, county or municipality. Use Statewide for gubernatorial or statewide ballot question committees only. Note: using the location of “Statewide” will not return a result which has searched through the entire location data bank.

Use Location All (Statewide, Legislative District or County) - to select either All or a specific location by selecting Statewide, a Legislative District, a County or Municipality within a County.

Or use Location All (Alphabetical) - to select either All or select from an alphabetical location list.

Use Party Affiliation to search by a specific party.

Use Year to search for entities within a specific calendar year.

Use the Sort Order options to return your requested information organized in a manner useful to you. The default Sort Order is alphabetical by PAC name or PACronym.

Political Action Committees

The Form R-3 is the detailed activity report filed by any Political Action Committee spending more than the calendar year threshold. This form is filed quarterly by those Political Action Committees which include Political Party Committees (PPC), Legislative Leadership Committees (LLC) and Continuing Political Committees (CPC). The filing period numbers, due dates and dates of reported activity are indicated in the Political Action Committee Filing Period Table. In the Form column on the Internet the form is listed as Q and the period as listed below.

Period # Due Date Activity Included
1 April 15 January 1 - March 31
2 July 15 April 1 - June 30
3 October 15 July 1 - September 30
4 January 15 October 1 - December 31
 
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