Other Entities Regulated by the Registry
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An independent expenditure is defined by statute as follows: [T]he expenditure of money or other things of value for a communication which expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or slate of candidates, and which is made without any coordination, consultation, or cooperation with any candidate or slate of candidates, campaign committee, or any authorized person acting on behalf of them, and which is not made in concert with or at the request or suggestion of any candidate or slate of candidates, campaign committee, or any authorized person acting on behalf of any of them. KRS 121.015(12).
A "contributing organization" is a group of individuals that merely contributes to a candidate from time to time, from funds derived solely from within the group and not solicited or received from sources outside the group itself. Contributing organizations must report to the Registry when any contributions made by the group exceed $100. KRS 121.015(4).
A "fundraiser" is defined in KRS 121.170 as a person who acts as a fundraiser by directly soliciting and receiving contributions for the aforementioned election campaigns. When a fundraiser directly solicits and receives contributions for a candidate in excess of $3,000 in an election, he or she is required to register with the Registry as a fundraiser and must file finance reports.