Searching for a Complaint

You can access the Complaint Search page to search for and view an official complaint filed with the Secretary of State’s office.

 

Note: In the Disposition Includes field, you can search for specific strings of data, including single words, single phrases, multiple strings, multiple words, and a combination of single or multiple words and phrases. Separate words and phrases by spaces and enclose phrases in quotes.

 

To find all complaints where the disposition includes...

In the Disposition Includes field, type...

relief

relief

relief and/or ruling

relief ruling (in no particular order)

motion to dismiss

"motion to dismiss"

agency decision

"agency decision"

motion to dismiss and/or agency decision

"motion to dismiss" "agency decision" (in no particular order)

relief, motion to dismiss, ruling, and/or agency decision

relief "motion to dismiss" ruling "agency decision" (in no particular order)

Tasks

To access the Complaint Search page:

 

 

To...

Then...

Access the page from the menu bar...

  1. Click the search tab in the menu bar.

 

The Search the Campaign Finance Database page is displayed.

 

  1. Click the complaint search link.

 

The Complaint Search page is displayed.

Access the page from the left navigation menu...

  1. Click the + to the left of the Search section in the left navigation menu.

 

The Search section is expanded. To hide the information, click the - to the left of the section.

 

  1. Click the complaint search link.

 

The Complaint Search page is displayed.

 

To search for a complaint:

 

  1. Enter search criteria into one or more fields.

 

  1. Click the search button.

 

If...

Then...

One or more records match the search criteria...

The search results are displayed in the Search Results data grid. Tip icon If the search results exceed the page's display limit, you can click a page number at the bottom of the grid to view additional results.

To sort the results, click a column heading.

 

To...

Then...

Export the search results to a CSV Comma-Separated Values. A format in which data in a file is separated by a comma. This format is used for importing and exporting data. file...

  1. Click the CSV icon CSV image.

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to a CSV file and saved to the location you specified. The export is limited to 20,000 records. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Export the search results to an Excel spreadsheet...

  1. Click the Excel icon .

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to an Excel file and saved to the location you specified. The export is limited to 20,000 records. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Export the search results to a PDF file...

  1. Click the PDF icon PDF icon.

 

The File Download dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The Save As dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to save the file.

 

  1. Click the save button.

 

The search results are exported to a PDF file and saved to the location you specified. The export is limited to 20,000 records. The Download Complete dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Click the close button to close the dialog box.

Print the search results...

  1. Click the Print icon Print icon.

 

The output is displayed on your screen and the Print dialog box is displayed.

 

  1. Adjust the settings as necessary and click the print button.

 

The search results are sent to the specified printer and the Print dialog box is closed. The output is limited to 1,000 records.

 

  1. Click the back link to return to the Candidate Search page.

View a complaint...

  1. Click the view link in the data grid for the complaint you want to view.

 

The complaint detail for the selected record is displayed in a popup window.

 

  1. To close the window, click the close window link.

Change the search criteria...

Click the change criteria button.

 

No records match the specified search criteria...

The system displays an error message.

 

Click the reset button to clear the search criteria and perform another search.

 

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