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Unauthorized Campaign Committee Information

This page contains forms and publications of interest to Unauthorized Campaign Committees. Please contact the Registry if you cannot locate the forms that you are seeking.

Definition of Unauthorized Campaign Committee

KRS 121.015(3)(a), KRS 121.015(12), KRS 121.170, KRS 121.210(4)

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).



Unauthorized Campaign Committee Information

The .PDF and TEXT files posted are created by Registry staff and are provided for informational purposes only. This data is made available as a public service pursuant to KRS 121.120(4). The electronic documents posted at this site DO NOT CONSTITUTE THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE REGISTRY.

Current Unauthorized Campaign Committee List (.pdf 10 kb)

Current Unauthorized Campaign Committee List (.txt 3 kb)

Forms and Publications

Political Committee Registration – KREF 010

This form should be completed to register as an Unauthorized Campaign Committee.

Election Finance Statement - KREF 006

Unauthorized Campaign Committees use this set of forms for reporting financial transactions of the committee to the Registry.

Instructions for Completing Election Finance Statement KREF 006

These instructions show an Unauthorized Campaign Committee how to complete the schedules in the Election Finance Statement. Take note that contribution limits do not apply to Unauthorized Campaign Committees.

Report of an Independent Expenditure - KREF 013

Independent Expenditures by an Unauthorized Campaign Committee are not subject to any limits, but are subject to reporting requirements. Unauthorized Campaign Committees who make Independent Expenditures exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) in the aggregate in any one election are required to report the independent expenditures directly to the Registry.

Independent Expenditures

This brochure explains Independent Expenditure reporting requirements.

Committee Update Form

The Committee Update form should be completed when there is a change in a committee’s designated officers or campaign depository (bank). Kentucky law requires that a committee designate a chairperson and treasurer (who must be separate persons), and an official contact person. NOTE: Executive agency lobbyists (as defined in KRS 11A.201) and legislative agents (as defined in KRS 6.611) are prohibited from serving as the official contact person of a permanent committee. In addition, if there is a vacancy in a committee’s treasurer, the chairperson shall be accountable as the committee’s treasurer, if the vacancy is not filled within three (3) days following the treasurer’s notice of resignation. See KRS 121.170.


Last Updated 5/1/2012
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