Lobbyist campaign contributions.

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The most recent release from CAL-ACCESS, the database that tracks campaign finance and lobbying activity in California politics. It contains 106,407 rows of data published on Thursday, May 14, 2020*.

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Information about the 25 fields and the definitions of any abbreviated values.

AMEND_ID   Integer · Unique

Amendment identification number. A number of 0 is the original filing and 1 to 999 amendments.

AMOUNT   Decimal number

Amount of contribution

BAKREF_TID   String (up to 20)

Back reference to transaction identifier of parent record

CTRIB_DATE   Date (without time)

Date of contribution

CTRIB_NAMF   String (up to 45)

Contributor first name

CTRIB_NAML   String (up to 200)

Contributor last name or business name

CTRIB_NAMS   String (up to 10)

Contributor suffix

CTRIB_NAMT   String (up to 10)

Contributor prefix or title.

ENTITY_CD   String (up to 3)

Entity Code for Recipient of the Campaign Contribution Value

Code Definition
COM Committee
RCP Recipient Committee
CTL Controlled committee
Sources: .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (64), .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (78)

FILING_ID   Integer · Unique

Unique filing identification number

FORM_TYPE   String (up to 7) · Unique

Name of the source filing form or schedule

Code Definition
F615P2 Form 615 (Lobbyist Report): Part 2, Campaign Contributions Made or Delivered
F625P4B Form 625 (Report of Lobbying Firm): Part 4, Campaign Contributions Made
F635P4B Form 635 (Report of Lobbyist Employer or Report of Lobbying Coalition): Part 4, Campaign Contributions Made
F645P3B Form 645 (Report of Person Spending $5,000 or More): Part 3, Campaign Contributions Made
Sources: .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (64), .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (78-79)

LINE_ITEM   Integer · Unique

Line item number of this record

MEMO_CODE   String (up to 1)

Memo amount flag

MEMO_REFNO   String (up to 20)

Reference to the text contained in the TEXT record

REC_TYPE   String (up to 4) · Unique

Record Type Value: LCCM

Code Definition
Sources: .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (64), .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (78)

RECIP_CITY   String (up to 30)

Recipient city

RECIP_ID   String (up to 9)

Recipient identification number

RECIP_NAMF   String (up to 45)

Recipient first name

RECIP_NAML   String (up to 200)

Recipient last name

RECIP_NAMS   String (up to 10)

Recipient name suffix

RECIP_NAMT   String (up to 10)

Recipient name prefix or title

RECIP_ST   String (up to 2)

Recipient state

RECIP_ZIP4   String (up to 10)

Recipient ZIP Code

TRAN_ID   String (up to 20)

Permanent value unique to this item


The forms that the state uses to collect the information that populates this file.

Form 615: Lobbyist Report

Part 2, Campaign Contributions Made or Delivered

Form 625: Report of Lobbying Firm

Part 4, Campaign Contributions Made

Form 645: Report of Person Spending $5,000 or More

Part 3, Campaign Contributions Made


The raw data provided by the state contains errors in how some values are escaped, quoted and delimited. The result is a small number of records in the latest download were lost when we prepared files for download.

However, only 21 records out of 106,428 total rows were lost (you can download them here).


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The documents that provided the information on this page.

  • CAL-ACCESS Tables, Columns and Indexes (p. 10, 83-84)

  • Map from .CAL Format to Database Table and Fields (p. 54-55)

  • .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (p. 64)

  • .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (p. 78-79)