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Committee Information

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Candidate Campaign Committee

 

KRS 121.015(3)(a) - A Candidate Campaign Committee is an entity registered and authorized by a candidate or slate of candidates to act on his or her behalf. If a candidate or slate of candidates authorizes the registration of a campaign committee to act on his or her behalf, a Political Committee Registration form (KREF 010 or KREF 010G) must be filed with the Registry to provide the necessary information regarding the organization of the committee. The chairperson and the treasurer of the campaign committee, who must be separate persons (see KRS 121.170(4), must both sign the form. Additionally, the candidate authorizing the committee must sign the Political Committee Registration form and the Waiver From Filing Candidate Election Finance Statement form (KREF 011). By signing these forms, the candidate agrees to comply with KRS 121.180(9).

Permanent Committee (PAC)

KRS 121.015(3)(d) - A Permanent Committee is a group of individuals, including an association, committee or organization, other than a campaign committee, political issues committee, inaugural committee, or party executive committee, which is established as, or intended to be a permanent organization having as a primary purpose expressly advocating the election or defeat of one (1) or more clearly identified candidates, slates of candidates or political parties, which functions on a regular basis throughout the year.

Executive Committee

KRS 118.015(1) - An Executive Committee is an affiliation or organization of electors representing a political policy and having a constituted authority for its government and regulation, and whose candidate received at least twenty percent (20%) of the total vote cast at the last preceding election at which presidential electors were voted for.

Political Issues Committee

KRS 121.015(3)(c) - The Kentucky General Assembly has delegated to the jurisdiction of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (“Registry”) the regulation of ballot issue fundraising by defining political issues committees and requiring ballot issue fundraising and spending to conform to the provisions of KRS Chapter 121. Prior to raising or spending funds to advocate or oppose a constitutional amendment or public question which appears on the ballot, persons may be required to register as a political issues committee. A Political Issues Committee is defined as three (3) or more persons (including corporations) joining together to advocate or oppose a constitutional amendment or public question which appears on the ballot if that committee receives or expends money in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000). A Political Issues Committee may accept contributions from corporations and is not subject to contribution limits.

Caucus Campaign Committee

KRS 121.015(3)(b) - A Caucus Campaign Committee is one (1) of the following caucus groups who receive contributions and make expenditures to support or oppose one (1) or more specific candidates or slates of candidates for nomination or election: House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee; House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee; Senate Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee; and Senate Republican Caucus Campaign Committee.

Inaugural Committee

KRS 121.015(3)(f) - 1992 legislation created inaugural committees and charged the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance with regulating inaugural activities. Prior to raising or spending any funds for the inaugural activities of any candidate, the candidate or persons who are raising or spending funds for inaugural activities must register as an inaugural committee. An inaugural committee is defined as one (1) or more persons who receive contributions and make expenditures in support of inauguration activities for any candidate or slate of candidates elected to any state, county, city or district office.

Unauthorized Campaign Committee

 

KRS 121.015(3)(a) – 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 a 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 this form.

An Unauthorized Campaign Committee is formed for the purpose of 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, is not subject to contribution limits, and may make unlimited expenditures. However, registration and periodic reporting using the Registry’s Election Finance Statement form (KREF 006) is required. Furthermore, 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.

 

 

 


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