March 15, 2007
Following federal money trail a
By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service
WASHINGTON Finding out who is giving
money to your congressman and senator, what they spend it on and
who the lawmakers might be sharing their contributions with is
fairly painless on the Federal Election Commission Web site.
"campaign finance reports and data" at left.
options are displayed.
must file reports with the FEC at least four times a year showing
the money their campaign committees have collected and spent.
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Cleveland, as an example and start by
looking at his latest report.
"view images of all financial reports." Under "partial name of
candidate/committee," type Voinovich and click on "get listing."
Four listings for Voinovich committees are displayed. The relevant
and active one is "Voinovich for Senate Committee."
down to and click on the "year-end" report under 2006. The report
has figures for total contributions received and expenditures made
during the year. It also lists specific contributions and
expenditures for the last month or so of 2006, including names,
addresses and dates.
want to get a longer- term view of Voinovich's campaign receipts
or spending. Go back to the "campaign finance reports and data"
page. Click on "search the disclosure database."
"committee search." Under "committee name," type in Voinovich and
click on "get listing." Click on "Voinovich for Senate Committee."
"contributions received," lists donations to Voinovich from
political action committees and Republican Party organizations
going back several years.
"committees and candidates supported/opposed," shows Voinovich's
contributions to other candidates and GOP organizations that he
can pull up a list of individuals who donated to the senator's
campaign committee for the past several years by clicking on
"individuals who gave to this committee."
also provides a wealth of other material.