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Advisory Opinions

Advisory Opinions concern the application of campaign finance laws under KRS Chapters 121 and 121A. These opinions, issued from January 1994 to present, are not general policy but rather a response to queries regarding a specific transaction or activity by a person. As such, an advisory opinion may only be relied upon by the person or group involved in the specific transaction or activity.

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Opinions Sorted by Year

    1992

    • 92-001 Opinion 10KB

      Robert Blau - Corporations/Corporate Facilities and Equipment Use by Candidate

    • 92-002 Opinion 12KB

      Jerry Alleyne - Annual Registration Fee/Combined Checking Accounts

    • 92-003 Opinion 16KB

      Alfred C. Knight - Permanent Committees/Administrative Fees (5%), Annual Registration Fee, Contribution Limits

    • 92-004 Opinion 11KB

      Denise Harper-Angel - Campaign Funds/Fundraiser Tickets

    • 92-005 Opinion 10KB

      James B. Martin, Jr. KDPAC - Permanent Committees (PACs)

    • 92-006 Opinion 11KB

      Don Johnson - Executive Committees

    • 92-007 Opinion 12KB

      Carol C. Darr - Executive Committees/Executive Committees - Federal

    • 92-008 Opinion 11KB

      Tony Miller - Contributions/In-kind

    • 92-009 Opinion 12KB

      John Will Stacy - Private Funds/Purchase of UK Tickets

    • 92-010 Opinion 11KB

      Pete Worthington - Campaign Funds/Speaker of House Election and Contributions/Separate Fund

    • 92-011 Opinion 13KB

      David J. Wilkerson - Permanent Committees (PACs)/Community Report on County Government

    1993

    • 93-001 Opinion 12KB

      W. Grady Stumbo - Executive Committees/Funds from PACs and Permanent Committees/Contribution to Executive Committee

    • 93-002 Opinion 13KB

      David J. Wilkerson - Contracts/Non-Bid

    • 93-003 Opinion 12KB

      William Bushart - Contributions/Property Owners to PVA Candidates

    • 93-004 Opinion 11KB

      Tim Gruber - Corporations/Corporation Owned by Candidate

    • 93-005 Opinion 10KB

      John C. Rogers - Candidates/Gifts from Candidates

    • 93-006 Opinion 10KB

      Jim King - Corporations/Professional Service Corporation

    • 93-007 Opinion 11KB

      JEFF-PAC - Permanent Committees/Dissolution

    • 93-008 Opinion 12KB

      Kentucky Democratic Party - Advertising/Selling Advertising Space in Newsletter and Political Parties/Advertising in Newspaper

    • 93-009 Opinion 12KB

      Smeathers, Kennedy, Moore, and Brooks - Expenses of Elections/Candidates Sharing Expenses

    • 93-010 Opinion 12KB

      Tom Garrett - Contributions/Corporation Contributing To Candidates in Another State and Corporations/Contributing to Candidates in Another State

    • 93-011 Opinion 10KB

      Robert D. Woods - Permanent Committees/PACs Not Regulated by KREF Chapter 121

    • 93-012 Opinion 14KB

      KY Forward - Corporations/Non-Profit

    • 93-013 Opinion 13KB

      David Wilkerson - Contributions/Accepting Contributions After Election

    • 93-015 Opinion 12KB

      Robert E. Gable - Contributions/Fundraiser Contributions and Fundraisers/Kentucky Law

    • 93-016 Opinion 11KB

      Paul D. Deaton - Advertising/Using Mail Service to Mail Advertising

    • 93-017 Opinion 12KB

      Stephen G. Horner - Executive Committees/Contribution to Executive Committees

    • 93-018 Opinion 12KB

      Stephen G. Horner - Executive Committees/Wendell Ford Trust

    • 93-019 Opinion 11KB

      Citizens for Better Judges - Contributions/In-kind and Permanent Committees/Endorsement by PAC

    • 93-020 Opinion 14KB

      Robert E. Gable - Executive Committees/Transfer of Funds

    • 93-021 Opinion 13KB

      William H. Allison - Contributions/Non-Profit Corporation; Corporations/Non-Profit and Judicial Candidates/Contribution form Non-Profit Corporation

    • 93-022 Opinion 13KB

      Kentucky Hospital Association - Contributions/From Corporation to PAC and Permanent Committees/Expense Checks Given as Contributions

    • 93-023 Opinion 12KB

      Republican Party of Jefferson County - Advertising/Selling Advertising Space in Newsletter and Political Parties/Advertising in Newspaper

    • 93-024 Opinion 29KB

      Robert E. Gable - Contributions/Building Fund and Federal Law/Preemption of Kentucky State Law

    • 93-025 Opinion 15KB

      Spencer D. Noe - Contributions/Volunteering Services

    • 93-026 Opinion 11KB

      William C. Stone - Contributions/Volunteering Services

    • 93-027 Opinion 11KB

      Patrick M. Poor - Contracts/Contract with State Political Party-Discount Services

    • 93-028 Opinion 16KB

      Hal Nance Bogard - Advertising/Advertising as Independent Expenditure

    • 93-029 Opinion 12KB

      Sondra R. Laemmle - Campaign Funds/Bonus to Campaign Workers

    • 93-030 Opinion 10KB

      Stella B. House - Advertising/Disclaimers on Advertising and Disclaimers/Requirements of KY Law

    • 93-031 Opinion 17KB

      Elaine Faithful - Campaign Funds/Charitable Contributions, Expenses to Run in Future Year and Charitable Organizations/Contribution from Candidate's Remaining Funds

    • 93-032 Opinion 13KB

      Robert E. Gable - Contributions/Building Fund

    • 93-033 Opinion 12KB

      Stephen G. Horner - Contributions/Contributions to Executive Committee and Executive Committees/Contribution from Womens Club

    1994

    • 94-001 Opinion 11KB

      Skills, Inc. - Candidates/Conflict of Interest and Contracts/Non-Bid

    • 94-002 Opinion 13KB

      Sondra R. Laemmle - Contracts/Campaign Worker to Receive Bonus

    • 94-003 Opinion 12KB

      Darryl T. Owens - Candidates/Host of a Dinner

    • 94-004 Opinion 11KB

      Thomas G. Jarrell - Campaign Funds/Termination - Excess Funds

    • 94-005 Opinion 11KB

      Debra A. Cotron - Contributions/Contribution by Unincorporated Business

    • 94-006 Opinion 14KB

      Russ Maple - Campaign Funds/Use of Funds to Pay for Production Costs

    • 94-007 Opinion 15KB

      David L. Yewell - Contributions/Contribution by Partners of Unincorporated Law Firm

    • 94-008 Opinion 13KB

      Judy K. Winkel - Permanent Committees/Contribution from Out-of-State PAC and Reports/Reporting Requirements for Out-of-State PAC

    • 94-009 Opinion 11KB

      William K. Cavanagh - Contributions/Out-of-State Corporations

    • 94-010 Opinion 21KB

      Texas Gas Transmission Corporation - Contributions/Contribution from Out-of-State PAC

    • 94-011 Opinion 12KB

      Joe Norsworthy - Executive Committees/Wendell Ford Fundraising Dinner, Fundraisers/Wendell Ford Fundraising Dinner and Permanent Committees/UAW PAC

    • 94-012 Opinion 11KB

      Stephen G. Horner - Executive Committees/Purchase of Fundraiser Tickets and Fundraisers/Fundraiser Tickets

    • 94-013 Opinion 12KB

      Sam Burchett - Reports/Congressional District Committee Reports

    • 94-014 Opinion 12KB

      James E. Shelton - Executive Committees/Income Tax Check-Off Funds

    • 94-015 Opinion 13KB

      Pat Goins - Advertising/Advertising as Fundraising and Fundraisers/Advertising as Fundraising

    • 94-016 Opinion 13KB

      John H. Cole - Corporations/Individual Contributions by Corporate Members

    • 94-017 Opinion 12KB

      Yvonne Rovira - Public Forums/Charging to Attend

    • 94-018 Opinion 13KB

      Jeff Blair - Definitions/Permanent Committee and Permanent Committees/Registration of PAC

    • 94-019 Opinion 12KB

      James Arnett - Fundraisers/Contributions by Lobbyists and Political Parties/Contributions by Lobbyists

    • 94-020 Opinion 12KB

      Judge Wayne McGee - Campaign Funds/Disposing of Campaign Materials

    • 94-021 Opinion 12KB

      David A. Lee - Corporations/Democratic Women's Club and Definitions/Contributing Organization, Permanent Committee

    • 94-022 Opinion 11KB

      John H. Cole - Corporations/Individual Contributions by Corporate Members

    • 94-023 Opinion 10KB

      John Stephenson - Contributions/900 Telephone Numbers

    • 94-024 Opinion 12KB

      Francis X. Smith - Definitions/Contribution and Reports/Reporting Loans

    • 94-026 Opinion 15KB

      Donald H. Vish - Political Parties/Contributions to Governor Campaign

    • 94-027 Opinion 10KB

      E. C. Stiver, Jr. - Permanent Committees/Donations Through Dues

    1995

    • 95-001 Opinion 10KB

      Reva Hart - Public Forums/Debates

    • 95-003 Opinion 12KB

      Don Bell For State Auditor - Contributions/Use of Visa and MasterCard

    • 95-004 Opinion 11KB

      Spencer D. Noe - Definitions/Contribution and Political Parties/Sale of Voter Registration Lists

    • 95-005 Opinion 12KB

      Kentucky Association of Realtors - Corporations/Corporate Contributions and Permanent Committees/Escrow Account

    • 95-006 Opinion 20KB

      Republican Party of Kentucky - Definitions/Contribution and Political Parties/Contributions to Governor Campaign

    • 95-007 Opinion 12KB

      Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky - Permanent Committees/Host Golf Tournament

    • 95-009 Opinion 13KB

      Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys - Definitions/Committee and Permanent Committees/Contribution to Federal PAC

    • 95-010 Opinion 12KB

      Patton/Henry for Kentucky Campaign - Contributions/Refund Contribution and Definitions/Contribution

    • 95-011 Opinion 14KB

      Democratic National Committee - Political Parties/Contributions from National Party

    • 95-012 Opinion 20KB

      Richard L. Robinson - Definitions/Committee; Contribution; Independent Expenditure/Restrictions and Penalties

    • 95-013 Opinion 14KB

      William T. Robinson - Contributions/Aggregate Contributions by Medical Provider Group and Definitions/Non-Bid Contract; Permanent Committee

    • 95-014 Opinion 12KB

      Thomas J. Shultz - Definitions/Contributing Organization

    • 95-015 Opinion 13KB

      Spencer D. Noe - Definitions/Independent Expenditures and Political Parties/Expenditure from Opposite Party for Defeat of Gubernatorial Slate

    1996

    • 96-001 Opinion 12KB

      Oldham County Democratic Executive Committee - Contributions/Anonymous Cash Contributions to Executive Committee; Definitions/Election and Executive Committees/Anonymous Cash Contributions

    • 96-002 Opinion 10KB

      KAPAA - Definitions/Contribution and Permanent Committees/Discount on Registration Fees

    • 96-003 Opinion 10KB

      Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends - Corporations/Contribution to PAC and Permanent Committees/Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends

    • 96-004 Opinion 10KB

      Lloyd E. Spear - Definitions/Allowable Campaign Expenditures and Executive Committees/Social Expenditures

    • 96-005 Opinion 13KB

      Phyllis A. Sower - Corporations/Non-Profit

    1997

    • 97-001 Opinion 10KB

      Kentucky Association of Cosmetology Schools - Definitions/Contributing Organization

    • 97-003 Opinion 10KB

      David Harover - Definitions/Candidate

    • 97-004 Opinion 12KB

      Tony Millier - Definitions/Candidate, Election

    • 97-005 Opinion 12KB

      Kim Geveden - Political Parties/Senate Democratic Legislative Trust

    • 97-006 Opinion 13KB

      Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation - Public Forums/Non-partisan Candidate Training Seminar

    • 97-007 Opinion 17KB

      KEMPAC - Permanent Committees/Seminars and Workshops

    • 97-010 Opinion 10KB

      Ira E. Branham - Advertising/Advertising Not Promoting Candidacy

    • 97-011 Opinion 11KB

      Owensboro Area Building and Construction Trades Council - Contributions/Affiliation and Contribution Limits

    • 97-012 Opinion 12KB

      John C. Fischer - Contributions/In-Kind

    • 97-013 Opinion 910KB

      Jeffrey D. Withrow - Campaign Funds/Deposit of Contributions and Reports/Future Year Candidates - Annual Reporting

    1998

    • 98-001 Opinion 15KB

      Representative Jack Coleman - Contributions/Contribution from Decedent Estate

    • 98-002 Opinion 14KB

      James R. Hendrix, Jr. - Contributions/Affiliation and Contribution Limits

    • 98-003 Opinion 15KB

      General Drivers, Warehousemen and Helpers, Local Union #89 - Contributions/Affiliation, Contribution Limits

    • 98-004 Opinion 14KB

      Howard E. Frasier - Advertising/Advertising Not Promoting Candidacy

    • 98-005 Opinion 15KB

      Todd County Democratic Executive Committee - Executive Committees/Social Expenditures

    • 98-006 Opinion 13KB

      Will L. McGinnis - Contributions/Corporation Owned by Candidate

    • 98-007 Opinion 15KB

      Honorable Paul P. Burchette - Advertising/Joint Expenditures

    • 98-008 Opinion 14KB

      Pulaski County Executive Committee - Corporations/Professional Service Corporation

    • 98-009 Opinion 14KB

      Pulaski County Executive Committee - Advertising/Advertising as Fundraising; Contributions/Professional Service Corporation and Fundraisers/Advertising as Fundraising

    • 98-010 Opinion 26KB

      Pulaski County Executive Committee - Corporations/Corporate Contributions and Executive Committees/Corporate Contributions

    • 98-011 Opinion 18KB

      Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation - Contributions/From Corporation to Political Issues Committee and Political Issues Committee/Corporate Contributions

    • 98-012 Opinion 14KB

      Citizens for Better Judges - Contributions/Contribution by Partners of Unincorporated Law Firm and Permanent Committees/Contribution by Law Firm

    • 98-013 Opinion 14KB

      Fred Fischer - Campaign Funds/Use for Victory Party

    • 98-014 Opinion 14KB

      Mary Jane Wilhoit Phelps - Campaign Funds/Termination-Excess Funds and Expenses of Elections/Refunds

    • 98-015 Opinion 17KB

      KBWA PAC - Contributions/By Payroll Deduction and Permanent Committees/Contribution by Payroll Deduction

    • 98-016 Opinion 18KB

      Patton For Governor Exploratory Committee - Definitions/Opposing Slate and Slate of Candidates/Qualification-Opposing Slate

    • 98-017 Opinion 13KB

      Patton Exploratory Committee - Exploratory Committees/Selling Equipment

    1999

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    2007

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    2009

    2010

    2011

    • 11-001 Opinion 967KB
    • 11-001 Request 1562KB

      Melanie D. Reed, on behalf of Eli Lilly Co. - Pharmaceutical Pricing Agreements

    • 11-002 Opinion 2389KB
    • 11-002 Request 638KB

      Republican Governors Association - Unauthorized Campaign Committee/Contribution Limits and Reporting Requirements

    • 11-003 Opinion 824KB
    • 11-003 Request 819KB

      Jason P. Renzelmann, on behalf of Home Builders Association of Louisville PAC - Accepting Contributions After Election

    2012

    • 12-001 Opinion 760KB
    • 12-001 Request 508KB

      Jim King - Contribution as Distinguished from Personal Gift

    • 12-002 Opinion 4097KB
    • 12-002 Request 432KB

      Richard Nelson - Managing a Permanent Committee or Unauthorized Campaign Committee as a Candidate

    • 12-003 Opinion 933KB
    • 12-003 Request 2824KB

      Donovan Blackburn, City Manager, on behalf of the City of Pikeville - Advertising Not Promoting Candidacy

    • 12-004 Opinion 1332KB
    • 12-004 Request 2703KB

      Barry A. Bostrom, on behalf of ActRight Fund – Contributions through Online Clearinghouse

    • 12-005 Opinion 1605KB
    • 12-005 Request 1139KB

      James Lamb, Kentucky Family Values - Contributions To Unauthorized Campaign Committee

    • 12-006 Opinion 3554KB
    • 12-006 Request 2219KB

      Kentucky Family Values, House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee, Kentucky Democratic Party - Treatment of polling information exchanged, transferred or shared among Committees for Independent Expenditures

    2013

    • 13-001 Opinion 1777KB
    • 13-001 Request 1242KB

      K. Gail Russell, Kentucky Federation of Republican Women – Use of Campaign Funds for Advertising

    • 13-002 Opinion 3526KB
    • 13-002 Request 113KB

      Jim Stewart III – Allowable Campaign Expenditures

    • 13-003 Opinion 14124KB
    • 13-003 Request 1880KB

      Libertarian Party of Kentucky and Libertarian Party of Boone County - Executive Committee of a Political Party - Definitions and Reporting Requirements

    2014

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