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Utah Financial Disclosure Database

Instructions

Search for transaction data by first selecting the data that you wish to search within: corporations, elections, PACs, parties, politicians/political campaigns, or PICs.

Next, enter the corresponding fields listed for the search. If you want a longer list and more results, leave these fields empty.

Lastly, choose the type of transaction: contributions, expenditures, or balances. Once the form has been completed to your liking, hit submit. The query will begin and display the results on a new page This should take less than a minute but please be patient. The broader your query, the longer it will take.

If you have any questions, first check the Frequently Asked Questions below, then notify us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I entered the name of a corporation that I know has made donations, but nothing shows up.

A: Corporations may not list their name on the disclosure the same way they are known publicly, i.e. Energy Solutions is listed as EnergySolutions (no space) on their disclosure forms. Use the least amount of unique identifiers when attempting your search. Also, remember the database shows how they would file. If you are searching for all donations from EnergySolutions, be sure to list that as an Expenditure as anything they donate is an expenditure for the corporation. Another example: Blue Castle, Blue Castle Holdings, Blue Castle Holdings Inc., Aaron Tilton/Blue Castle Holdings Inc.,

Q: What format should I use for political candidates?

A: Enter last name, comma, first name. For a broader query, enter only the last name.

Q: What is the difference between PAC and PIC?

A: A Political Action Committee (PAC) means an entity, or any group of individuals or entities within or outside the state, a major purpose of which is to: solicit or receive contributions from any other person, group, or entity for political purposes; or make expenditures to expressly advocate for any person to refrain from voting or to vote for or against any candidate for a municipal or county office. PACs include groups affiliated with a registered political party but not authorized or organized by the governing board of the registered political party that receive contributions or makes expenditures for political purposes.

A Political Issue Committee (PIC) is an entity, or any group of individuals or entities within or outside the state, a major purpose of which is to solicit or receives donations from any other person, group, or entity or makes disbursements to assist in placing a ballot proposition on the ballot, assist in keeping a ballot proposition off the ballot, or to advocate that a voter refrain from voting or vote for or vote against any ballot proposition; make expenditures to expressly advocate for any person to sign or refuse to sign a ballot proposition or incorporation petition or refrain from voting, vote for, or vote against any proposed ballot proposition or an incorporation in an incorporation election; or make expenditures to assist in qualifying or placing a ballot proposition on the ballot or to assist in keeping a ballot proposition off the ballot.