Documentation

How to work with data from CAL-ACCESS, the California Secretary of State's database tracking campaign finance and lobbying activity in state politics.

Sections


Definitions, record layouts and data dictionaries for the 80 CAL-ACCESS files released by the state. Explore »


Descriptions, samples and other documentation for the 42 forms that campaigns and lobbyists use to disclose activity to the state. Explore »


The jumbled, fragmentary and unreliable documentation for the CAL-ACCESS database provided by California's Secretary of State. For more authoritative information, refer to our materials. Explore »


Technical documentation for the collection of California Civic Data Coalition applications that power this site. Explore »


Answers to common questions about this project and the underlying CAL-ACCESS database. Explore »