From the Directory’s Introduction:
This Directory has been prepared as a guidebook to locate and identify organizations and individuals at the state and national level who have a responsibility to disclose information on money in politics.
The term “money in politics” has been given a broad definition to include federal and state campaign finance reports, lobby reports, personal financial statements, public financing, state initiative/referendum spending, and a wide range of other financial filings.
The offices listed are those which have the primary responsibility to disclose the information. These include federal agencies, Secretaries of State, state commissions, boards and election offices. In some states, one office handles all the disclosure whereas in others, as many as four different offices handle disclosure. There may also be an additional office, such as the Office of the Attorney General, which has responsibility for issuing advisory opinions or enforcement actions. This type of office has been included since it may be involved in other court actions.
The individuals identified are those who supervise or control the records offices. In addition, other names have been listed when the Federal Election Commission staff has had regular contact with them and/or the state office has wished to list them. These persons may be involved with identification of candidates for the ballot, election results, voting accessibility, informational seminars or other communications. Not all staff members have been listed, but an attempt has been made to include those knowledgeable in the targeted subject areas.