Austin’s Office of the City Clerk has launched a new website that allows the public to more easily search campaign finance data.
The site (https://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/cfdi/index.cfm) makes it easier for users to navigate campaign finance reports filed with the Clerk. Campaign finance filings are required of people seeking office, current office holders, and political action committees.
“The new features of our campaign finance filing website will make the data more easily available to the public,” said City Clerk Jannette Goodall. “We believe this brings greater transparency to City government and municipal elections.”
In addition to presenting information in an easy-to-use format, the site makes the data searchable in a number of other ways. Users can search contributions by donor name, donation recipient, or donation amount. Spending data is also now searchable, allowing the data to be displayed by expenditures by filer. In all searches performed on the site, results are returned in a sortable format that can be filtered by keyword.
On April 7, 2016, the Austin City Council passed Ordinance No. 20160407-006, which amended Chapter 2-2 of City Code to require local candidates, officeholders, and political action committees to file a data file containing the contents of their campaign finance report. This data is now uploaded to this new website and the City of Austin Data Portal.
In addition to the search pages, users can access campaign finance data through the City of Austin’s Open Data Portal. The data portal contains the following campaign finance datasets:
- Transactions (all Expenditure, Contribution, Loan, and Credit data)