Itemized independent expenditures made in the 90 days before an election.

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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 54,018 rows of data published on Friday, May 24, 2019*.

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Information about the 13 fields and the definitions of any abbreviated values.

FILING_ID   Integer · Unique

Unique filing identification number

AMEND_ID   Integer · Unique

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

LINE_ITEM   Integer · Unique

Line item number of this record

REC_TYPE   String (up to 4) · Unique

Record Type Value: S496

Code Definition
S496 S496
Sources: .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (40), .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (53)

FORM_TYPE   String (up to 4) · Unique

Name of the source filing form or schedule

Code Definition
Form 496: Late Independent Expenditure Report
Sources: .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (40), .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (53)

TRAN_ID   String (up to 20)

Permanent value unique to this item

AMOUNT   Decimal number

Expenditure amount

EXP_DATE   Date (without time)

Expenditure dates

EXPN_DSCR   String (up to 90)

Purpose of expense and/or description/explanation

MEMO_CODE   String (up to 1)

Memo amount flag

MEMO_REFNO   String (up to 20)

Reference to text contained in a TEXT record

DATE_THRU   Date (without time)

End of date range for items paid


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


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 28 records out of 54,046 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. 12, 124-125)

  • .CAL Format Layout (Version 1.05.02) (p. 40)

  • .CAL Format Layout (Version 2.01) (p. 53)

  • Map from .CAL Format to Database Table and Fields (p. 79)