“Following the Money” 101:   A Beginner’s Guide to Using the “Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System” to find out who contributed to a candidate, how much, and when.

Step 2

Find the “Receiving Committee” box on the left side of the page

Step 3

Type in the last name of the candidate (for example, “Gutierrez”) — then review what pops up

Step 4

Select the “active” account for “Montgomery County” — sometimes there may only be one “active” account; make sure the name (first name and last name) exactly matches the candidate you are interested in

Step 5

Click the “Search” button in the middle of the page

Step 6

Find the format icons on the left side of the middle of the page — they are just below the “Search” button and just above the line that says “Drag a column …”  They  stand for:

  • CSV
  • Excel
  • PDF
  • (Microsoft) Word

… and they look like this:

Step 7

Select one of the buttons (we recommend the red “PDF” button) and the file will be downloaded to your computer

Step 8

Find your computer’s “Downloads” folder.  Open the folder and click on the file to open it.