Well I had finished a custom PayPal payout module for a client in my test environment, and had to incorporate it into the Magento interface. After research, I found the code to grab the information I needed was

Mage::getStoreConfig('sectionName/groupName/fieldName');

I thought the next logical step for me was to go into the XML file in the CORE PayPal model to find the ‘sectionName/groupName/fieldName’ hierarchy in the config file. After being frustrated with how nested the config file was, I turned to the database core_config_data, which quickly gave me the information I was looking for.

core_config_data

Now I can use getStoreConfig to extract the data