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FEC Standardizes Listings of Names in Reports

cmdi | Mon Jan 23, 2023

Have you noticed a difference in the way that names are appearing on FEC forms?

If names appear differently, don’t be alarmed. This is a change that the Federal Election Commission recently made.

On Monday, the FEC announced that they changed the naming convention to standardize how names appear on forms. On the website, the agency explained:

What's in a name? Variations in the way committees list an individual's name on their FEC reports can create inconsistencies in the public record. To address this concern, the Commission has standardized listings for individuals' names in the latest version of FECPrint, the electronic filing tool that generates images of FEC reporting forms. The new format lists an individual's last name, first name, middle name, prefix, and suffix. For instance, Dr. John Q. Public, Sr. would appear on the FECPrint form as Public, John, Q., Dr., Sr.. Commas appear between each data field regardless of the content, so John Public, Jr. would be listed as Public, John, , , Jr.. The new format should improve the consistency of FEC data.

We have updated Crimson and CrimsonFiler to populate forms correctly. This is how names now appear on forms:

If you have any questions about the new naming convention, please contact the Crimson Helpdesk at 1-800-878-6837 or email us at [email protected]