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PAC Competitor Analysis Report Setup

Article ID: 1246
Last updated: 30 Oct, 2019

Competitor Analysis

PAC Competitor Analysis Report

The PAC Competitor Analysis report leverages data directly from the Federal Election Commission so we have a single data source from which to compare.  Currently the data reflect 1/1/2018 – 1/1/2019.  We will add additional data so we can support the application of custom time dimensions.  

The report will show a variety of comparative data points between “Your PAC” and selected “Competitors” that include:

Total Receipts

Total Disbursements

Cash on Hand

Giving By Party

Average Itemized Receipts

Giving to Legislative Committees

Giving to Chamber by Party Committee

Giving by Job Bands

This is the first phase of the project so we considered it a Beta release designed to deliver value but serve as a jumping off point. We are looking to augment the report with additional elements that provide deep insight into your Membership (Active and Non-Actives) based on a variety of factors that include information derived from our Nationwide Voter File to illustrate what your best activists and donors look like to help you better engage those who are inactive or could do more.  We also are working on incorporating PredictiT data that shows predictive market forecasts  relating to candidates, issues and other political markets.  To Learn more about PredictiT go to

To Access the report navigate to Dashboard and Select “Beta- PAC Competitor Analysis”

Configuring your PAC Competitor Analysis Report

For the report to run you must first designate “My PAC”, “Competitor PAC(s)” and identify your Key Committees.   The visualizations will populate automatically from data pulled in from the FEC.

Adding Political Committees

The first step is to search for your committee and competitor committees in 360 and adding them from COSMOS to insure they are valid and have the appropriate FEC ID present.

Go to Committee Search->Basic Search->Enter Name

The Result set will show your results from which you can add to 360. The top panel will show committees present within 360 and the bottom panel will display those results that may be added using  COSMOS.

Select and Add Committees as necessary.

Designating My PAC and Competitors

Setting up My PAC and Competitors requires designating previously added Political Committees with a system provided User Defined Field (UDF) called Competitor Analysis.  You will designate each committee appropriately using values of “My PAC” or “Competitor”.

Steps to Designate Committee to Competitor Analysis

  1. Search for Political Committee
  2. Navigate to User Defined Fields (UDF) Blade  and Expand
  3. Select either Competitor or My Pac from selection box
  4. Save from within User Defined Field
  5. Save and Exit Political Entity

Key Committees

One visualization shows the total amount given to Members on a Legislative Committee, Sub-Committee or Caucus. The visualization will show the total amount given by each PAC to Legislative Committee Members. Each Legislative Committee will need to be designated as “Key Committee”.

Designating a Key Committee   

  1. Navigate to Leg. Organizations and Select Legislative Committees for Committees or Legislative Subcommittees to search for Sub-Committees and Caucuses.
  2. Enter Committee Name and State=Federal
  3. Search
  4. Select and Open Committee
  5. Toggle Key Committee to Active (Blue)
  6. Close

You have completed all steps necessary in creating your report. Go to Dashboard and select Sub-Menu PAC Competitor Analysis Report and your data will pulled from FEC Database.

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Article ID: 1246
Last updated: 30 Oct, 2019
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