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Research Campaign Finance Reports

April 30th, 2016 · California, federal, Uncategorized

Soon all of the primary elections around the country will be over and the number of candidates will have been narrowed. If it is important to you to know how a candidate spends their political contributions or where their contributions come from, you can use our website to research the campaign finance reports of your favorite candidates.

Campaign finance reports must be filed by all candidates and are available at the national, state, county and city level. The reports can be searched by type of office, name of candidate or committee name and even by the name of the contributor.

Follow these steps to conduct your search:
1) On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, click on “Voter and Elections Information” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.” On this new page “Voter Records and Elections Information Resources” you’ll find links to national and general voter records and election information including links to access each state election information.

2) As an example, scroll down to the Federal Election Commission’s “Campaign Finance Reports” at the bottom of the “Voter Records” page.  On the page that opens, “Click here” to open in a new window.  On this page, you can search the “disclosure database” by candidate, committee or contributions made by individuals.  When you have completed your search of the Federal Election Commission website, you can close the tab using your browser.  On this page, click on “Return to Results” on the upper right hand side of the page.  This returns you to the main “Voter Records and Elections Information” page.

3) You can now choose a state and conduct similar searches by state, county or city.  Click on California to find the “California Voter and Election Information Directory” page.  On this page,  scroll down to one of the county campaign finance report links or choose “Campaign Finance Reports” for California’s state level candidates.   This Campaign Finance page contains a “Power Search” link which provides quick access to summaries and various sorting options for candidaates, ballot measures and contributors.

4) Once done, click on “Return to Results” and then “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left hand corner of the page to return to the “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page.  The main page of our site provides links to a variety of public records for all 50 states.  Using the steps in this article as a guide, you should be able to conduct searches of other public records in a timely and efficient manner.

We hope that you’ll take some time to explore our website and the many research options available.  Also, that you’ll check out the campaign finance reports for your favorite candidates including some of the other available voter and election information links.

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Alabama’s Property Searches and GIS Maps

March 24th, 2016 · Alabama

Do you live in Alabama and wonder if the value of your property has recently gone up or how much your property taxes will be this year? Would you like to see your property or another property through interactive GIS maps? Since you live in Alabama, you’re in luck because all of the counties provide online property information.  The extent of the information varies by county but generally includes: “Property Appraisal Information;” “Property Tax Information;” and “Interactive GIS Maps.”  All three types of information can be searched by owner name, address, parcel number and PPIN.

How to get started with your research.  Click on the “Assessor and Property Tax Records” link under “Search Public Records by Type of Record” heading on our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page.  This will take you to our “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” main page, and on this page choose “Alabama” for the “Alabama Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory” page.

Scroll down to county.  On the “Alabama Assessor” page, using Lee County as an example, click on Lee County “Property Search and Mapping” link and on the search page choose “Real Estate Tax Information” link.

Enter required information. Upon entering required information, click on appropriate results link.  Property tax results include owner name, address, parcel number, current and prior year’s property tax amount and date paid.  At the bottom of the page, click on “Search” and then “Assessment and Real Property Appraisal.”  Assessment results include name, address, parcel number, deed type, previous owner, last deed date and property values.   At the bottom of the page, click on “Search” and then “Property Maps” to view property map and in some cases building sketch and building photo.  When done, close each individual search result page.   In the upper right hand corner of the main results page of your specific county, click on “Return to Results” to return to the “Alabama Assessor” main page.  Each county property link may vary slightly but can be searched using similar steps.

Additional research.  If you’d like to search another type of public record,  click on “Home” or “Free Searches” in the upper left hand corner of the page to return to our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page.   If you’d like to continue with property related searches, you can choose “Land Records and Deeds” or “GIS Maps” from the list of available record types.

We hope that this article was helpful in conducting your property related research.  Our website provides a large variety of records and we strive to publish blog articles which will help users conduct their research in the most effective and efficient way possible.  Please watch for future articles regarding our public records website and its vast number of available links.

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Are You Ready to Vote?

February 25th, 2016 · Nevada

As you know, in addition to the upcoming presidential election, there are numerous local, state and national elections coming up this year. If you haven’t already registered to vote or if you’ve recently moved, now would be a good time to verify your voter registration, and either register or update your information so that you’ll be ready to vote for your favorite candidate or issues.

Using our “Voter Records and Elections Information” website, you can access links to online voter registration records by state.  Most states will have links at the state, county and city level.  Here is how to start the search for your voter registration.

1. Using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, choose “Voter and Elections Information” link under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”  Choosing this category will take you to our main “Voter Records and Elections Information” page.

2. On the main “Voter Records” page, choose your specific state.  Using Nevada, as an example, you will access numerous state, county, and city voter and election links on the “Nevada Voter and Elections Information Directory” page.

3. Click on Nevada’s Statewide “Voter Registration Search” to access your personal registration information by name, date of birth and either Nevada driver’s license number or social security number.  You can register to vote online and also check  your registration for any necessary changes.  This “Election Center” page also offers links to:

  • Information on Voting (How and Where to Vote and Absentee Voting)
  • Election Information (Campaign Finance Reports)
  • Information for Candidates (How to File for Office and Election Calendar)
  • Political Parties (Qualified Political Parties and Action Committees)
  • Initiative Petitions (Current Petitions and Initiative Procedures)
  • Election Results (Results by Precinct)

4. Return to the main “Nevada Voter and Elections Information Directory” page by clicking on “Return to Results” in the upper right hand corner of the page.  Scroll down the main “Nevada Voter” page to access other county or city links.  For instance, Washoe County provides a “Voter Registration Search” by last name and birth date.  When you are through with your research, you can click on “Nevada Voter” in the upper left hand corner of the page to return to the main “Nevada Voter” page.

5. To access other types of public records, you can click on “Home” in the upper left hand corner of the page.  The main “Free Public Records Search Directory” page contains links to a wide variety of public records and useful municipal websites.

In addition to checking your voter registration, there are numerous voter and election related links on our website such as absentee voting, polling locations, election maps, election results, campaign finance, and more.  Watch for future articles on our blog regarding other election related subjects including how to access campaign finance reports.


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