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How to use eCRIS Committee  Search

 

The purpose of eCRIS Committee Search option is to offer public users to search for and view registration history for a given political committee registered with the SEEC. The first step in accomplishing this is to specify the search criteria. Before you specify any criterion it is recommended that you articulate your search into a well defined statement. We have wide array of search criteria so as to allow the public to quickly access the information they desire. In doing so, therefore a search which is not well defined can result in returning thousands of records thus causing the public user to become frustrated and more importantly wasting their time. We value your time and equally valuable to us is your ability to retrieve desired results.

 We offer these basic tips for you to consider when using eCRIS Committee Search option:
You can only search for committees that currently are registered with the SEEC, both active and inactive. Please note that committees established for or in support of Municipal offices as well as committees established under the umbrella of Federal Elections Commission (FEC) are NOT registered with the SEEC.
You MUST specify a search value for at least one of the following search fields (marked with an asterisk): 
       Committee Name 
       Chairperson / Candidate Last Name
       Treasurer / Deputy Treasurer Last Name
       City

Please refer to the detailed explanation of these search criteria.
Whenever possible only provide search criteria that you are certain of. We recommend that you provide the minimum required search criteria which meet your search needs. As you gain familiarity and understanding of data maintained and collected by the SEEC, you may find it useful to provide increased amount of search criteria which might result in the most precise result set you are looking for. We advise you to read the following sections which may prove useful in gaining understanding of the data collected by the SEEC.
eCRIS Receipt Search criteria values specified by the users are NOT case sensitive.
Do NOT use wild card search characters (such as *, %, and so on) when specifying search values for the text type search criteria.
Do NOT use punctuations (such as -, ‘, “, !, +, ?, @, $ and so on) when specifying search values for the text type search criteria.
   Committee Name (Show Details...)
Use this criterion to provide full name or any part of the name given to a committee at the time of its registration. For example, if you type democrat for the Committee Name criteria then the search will return all committee names which include the string value of democrat anywhere in the full name of the committee.
   Committee Type   (Show Details...)
By default, the ALL category radio button is selected. If you are searching for a specific type of a committee, then choose the appropriate committee type radio button. For example, select the Candidate Committee radio button and then type "smith" for the Chairperson / Candidate Name. The search will return a list of candidate committee(s) whose candidate name includes the string value of "smith". The following is a brief definition of types of committees registered with the SEEC. Please note that the candidate committees established on behalf of the candidates seeking municipal office are NOT registered with the SEEC.
Candidate Committee An individual seeking elected office of Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of the State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative or Judge of Probate. Candidates for municipal offices (i.e. Mayor, Selectman, Board of Education) file locally with their Town Clerk and are not available through this search application.
Political Action Committee Committees formed by Business Entities, Labor Unions andOther Organizations, Two or More Individuals, Legislative Caucus Committees or Legislative Leadership Committees for activities involving state elections. Committees formed for municipal activities only (including referenda) are filed with the Town Clerks and are not available through this system.
Party Committee For major and minor parties, Town Committees or State Central Committees would be found under this category.
Exploratory Committee An exploratory committee is a committee formed by a candidate who has not yet determined which particular public office to seek, yet desires to raise and spend funds to “test the waters.” An exploratory committee may only be established for an office or offices to be elected at the same election (raising or spending funds will trigger candidacy). The sole purpose of such a committee is to decide whether to seek office in a particular election.
All Use this category if you are unsure of the type of committee you are searching for.
   Chairperson / Candidate Last Name    (Show Details...)
Use this criterion to provide full or any part of the Last name of the candidate(s) / chairperson(s) of the committees. For example if you type chris for the Candidate / Chairperson Last Name as the search criterion then the search will return records for the committee(s) whose candidate(s) / chairperson(s) last name includes the string value of chris.
   Treasurer / Deputy Treasurer Last Name    (Show Details...)
Use this criterion to provide full or any part of the Last name of the treasurer or Deputy Treasurer of the committees. For example if you type john for the Treasurer / Deputy Treasurer Last Name as criterion then the search will return record(s) for the committee(s) whose treasurer or deputy treasurer’s last name includes the string value of john.
   City    (Show Details...)
This criterion refers to the name of the City associated with the address for the committee’s address at the time it was registered with SEEC. We caution users to be careful when using this criterion to search for committees. It should be noted that you may specify either the full name of the city or partial name of the city, such as hartford or hart. It should also be noted that data reported on paper is entered by SEEC as reported by the user and therefore may include instances of misspelled city names and/or missing this information completely.
   State    (Show Details...)
This criterion refers to the abbreviation of the State associated with the address for the committee at the time it was registered with the SEEC. We caution users to be careful when using this criterion to search for committees. It should be noted that you may specify either the full name of the city or partial name of the city, such as hartford or hart. It should be noted that data reported on paper is entered by SEEC as reported by the user and therefore may include instances of missing this information.
   Office Sought    (Show Details...)
For Candidate Committees, it lists the office to which the candidate seeks election. For Exploratory Committees, you MUST use Undetermined. This search criterion does not apply to party or political action committees and therefore also automatically results in limiting search to the type of committees.
   District Number and District Type    (Show Details...)
These criteria refer to the Candidate Committees whose candidate is seeking election to the office of State Representative, State Senator or Judge of Probate. This search criterion does not apply to Exploratory Committees, Candidate Committees (for offices other than mentioned earlier), Party or Political Action committees and therefore also automatically results in limiting search to specific type of committees.
   Party Affiliation    (Show Details...)
This criterion refers to the Party Designation identified at the time of committee registration for the Candidate, Exploratory and Party Committees. This search criterion does not apply to Political Action Committees and therefore also automatically results in limiting search to specific type of committees.
   Committee Status   (Show Details...)
TThis search criterion refers to the current status of a given committee registered with the SEEC. By default, the radio button for ALL option is selected. Choose one of the other selections to limit your search based on the current status of a given committee.
   No. of Records   (Show Details...)
The default number of records displayed per page is 25; however you can change the number by choosing the desired value from the dropdown list for No. of Records.
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