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Unauthorized Campaign Committee

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An Unauthorized Campaign Committee is a campaign committee consisting of one (1) or more persons (including corporations) who receive contributions and make expenditures to support or oppose one (1) or more specific candidates or slate of candidates for nomination or election to state, county, city, or district office without the authorization of any candidate or slate of candidates. The name of a candidate or slate of candidates may not be included in the name of an Unauthorized Campaign Committee. See KRS 121.210(4).

An Unauthorized Campaign Committee must file a Political Committee Registration form (KREF 010 or KREF 010G) with the Registry to provide the necessary information regarding the organization of the committee. The chairperson and the treasurer of the Unauthorized Campaign Committee, who must be separate persons (see KRS 121.170 (4​)), must both sign the form.​

An Unauthorized Campaign Committee is formed for the purpose of making independent expenditures only and is not authorized by a candidate. See discussion in Registry Advisory Opinion 2010-001 and Citizens United v. FEC, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010). An Unauthorized Campaign Committee may accept contributions from corporations and is not subject to contribution limits, but may make only independent expenditures. In addition to registration and periodic reporting using the Registry’s Election Finance Statement form (KREF 006), an Unauthorized Campaign Committee must file a Report of Independent Expenditure form (KREF 013) when the committee’s independent expenditures exceed five hundred dollars ($500) in any one election (See KRS 121.015(12)​) for definition of independent expenditure).

Reporting Dates apply to any Unauthorized Campaign Committee which registers in a year prior to the year in which the committee will commence its activities.

In order to search for specific unauthorized campaign committee information on the Registry's Online Searchable Database, under "Other Searches," select "Organization." Enter the unauthorized campaign committee's name for "Organization Name" and choose "Issues Committee" as the "Organization Type" then select "Search." A list of registered unauthorized campaign committees may be found on the Forms & Lists tab below.  This list is periodically updated. For more current information regarding registered unauthorized campaign committees or to request a copy of a specific committee's campaign finance report, you may call the Registry at (502) 573-2226. ​

Unauthorized Campaign Committee Primary Election Reporting Dates
YearReportPeriod EndsReport DueReport TypeDue From
201830-day pre-Primary report4/22/20184/27/2018Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201815-day pre-Primary report5/7/20185/14/2018Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201830-day post-Primary report6/21/20186/26/2018Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201930-day pre-Primary report4/21/20194/26/2019Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201915-day pre-Primary report5/6/20195/13/2019Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201930-day post-Primary report6/20/20196/25/2019Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
201960-day post-Primary report7/20/20197/25/2019Primary ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year Primary election
Unauthorized Campaign Committee General Election Reporting Dates
YearReportPeriod EndsReport DueReport TypeDue From
201630-day post-General report12/8/201612/13/2016General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
201660-day post-General report1/7/20171/12/2017General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the prior year General election
201860-day pre-General report9/7/20189/12/2018General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
201830-day pre-General report10/7/201810/12/2018General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
201815-day pre-General report10/22/201810/27/2018General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
201830-day post-General report12/6/201812/11/2018General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
201960-day post-General report1/5/20191/10/2019General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the prior year General election
201960-day pre-General report9/6/20199/11/2019General ElectionUnauthorized Campaign Committees active in the current year General election
Unauthorized Campaign Committee Quarterly Report Reporting Dates
YearReportPeriod EndsReport DueReport TypeDue From
20164th Quarter report12/31/20161/5/2017Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20171st Quarter report3/31/20174/5/2017Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20172nd Quarter report6/30/20177/5/2017Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20173rd Quarter report9/30/201710/5/2017Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20174th Quarter report12/31/20171/5/2018Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20181st Quarter report3/31/20184/5/2018Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20182nd Quarter report6/30/20187/5/2018Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
20183rd Quarter report9/30/201810/5/2018Quarterly ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees not having an open campaign account account but having activity related to an election to be held in a future year
Unauthorized Campaign Committee Annual Report Reporting Dates
YearReportPeriod EndsReport DueReport TypeDue From
2017Annual report12/1/201712/6/2017Annual ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees with an open campaign account but not having activity related to the General election which was held in the current year
2018Annual report12/1/201812/6/2018Annual ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees with an open campaign account but not having activity related to the General election which was held in the current year
2019Annual report12/1/201912/6/2019Annual ReportingUnauthorized Campaign Committees with an open campaign account but not having activity related to the General election which was held in the current year
Contribution Limits For Unauthorized Campaign Committee
  • From an individual: Unlimited 
  • From a corporation: Unlimited
  • From an executive committee: Unlimited 
  • From a caucus campaign committee: Unlimited 
  • From a contributing organization Help : Unlimited 
  • From a permanent committee (PAC) Help : Unlimited 
  • Cash contributions Help : $50.00 per contributor per election
  • Anonymous contributions: $50.00 per contributor per election (Maximum aggregate $1000 per election)
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Unauthorized Campaign Committee​​ FAQ​​​​​

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Political Advertising is any advertisement advocating the election or defeat of any candidate, political party, or public issue. For example, Political Advertising would NOT include the announcement of a fish fry sponsored by a political organization unless the advertisement stated that the fish fry endorses a candidate.​
An Unauthorized Campaign Committee (UCC) is a campaign committee consisting of one (1) or more persons (including corporations) who receive contributions and make expenditures to support or oppose one (1) or more specific candidates or slate of candidates for nomination or election to state, county, city, or district office without the authorization of any candidate or slate of candidates.  The name of a candidate or slate of candidates may not be included in the name of the Unauthorized Campaign Committee.  See KRS 121.210(4).
 An Unauthorized Campaign Committee (UCC) is formed for the purpose of making independent expenditures only and is not authorized by a candidate.
A UCC must file a Political Committee Registration form (KREF-010) with the Registry to provide the necessary information regarding the organization of the committee.  The chairperson and the treasurer of the UCC, who must be separate persons (see KRS 121.170 (4)), must both sign the form.
A UCC may accept contributions from corporations and is not subject to contributions limits, but may make only independent expenditures.  In addition to registration and periodic reporting using the Registry’s Election Finance Statement form (KREF-006), a UCC must file a Report of Independent Expenditure form (KREF-013) when the committee’s independent expenditures exceed five hundred dollars ($500) in any one election.  (See KRS 121.015(12) for definition of independent expenditure).
There are no contribution limits for contributions made to UCC’s. However, receipts in currency and anonymous contributions should not exceed $50 per person; total anonymous contributions should not exceed $1,000 per election; and unitemized contributions should not exceed $100 per person.
Yes, corporate contributions are allowable to UCC’s.
Yes, contributions from PAC’s must be itemized regardless of the amount.
Yes, contributions in excess of $100 from Executive Committees must be itemized.
Yes, contributions in excess of $100 from Caucus Campaign Committees must be itemized.
Disbursements made which expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, without coordination with the campaigns, must be reported when it exceeds $500 in the aggregate in one election.
1. Expenditures made directly and primarily in support of the UCC.
2. All vote haulers must be paid individually by check and be completely itemized, including occupation, regardless of the amount disbursed.
1. Charitable contributions (unless the UCC is receiving advertising benefit from the purchase).
2. Membership dues
3. Tickets to an event that is non-political (example: UK or U of L tickets)
4. Expenditures to promote or oppose a candidacy for a leadership position in a governmental, professional or political organization, or other entity.
5. Equipment or appliances used primarily outside the UCC.
1. Escheat to the State Treasury
2. Return pro rata to all contributors
3. Retain to further the same public issue
4. Donate to a 501(c)(3) organization
The Registry assigns a number to a candidate for each election. This number will be assigned each time the candidate notifies the Registry of his or her intent to run for office. (The Primary and General are separate elections.)