Help on “Search for Contributions by Contributor” 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.


This will allow you to search for contributions made by specific individuals or entities. A “Contributor” can be a Person (an “Individual”) or an entity such as a Corporation, Union, etc., (a “Non-Individual”). “Contributor” can also be a Candidate Committee, or PAC (a “Non-Individual”).

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.”

Enter the Individual name information in the appropriate boxes; first name and middle initial are optional. To search for a Non-Individual entity and you know the correct spelling enter it here. Be sure to click the radio button, also. You may enter the name or use part of the name.

Address information is optional. You may also search just by the address.

Use From Date and To Date to search for contributions received on a specific date or within a date range.

Use From Amount and To Amount to search for contributions of specific dollar amounts.

Use Occupation to search for contributions by a certain occupation. To assure the accuracy of your search, we suggest that you first review all the categories and search as many as apply.

To sort the result set records, click on the column header.

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