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Laws & Advisory Opinions

The Registry’s jurisdiction is limited to Kentucky’s campaign finance law (KRS Chapter 121) and its associated regulations (KAR Title 32). Should you have questions regarding the campaign finance law, you may contact the Registry’s Office of General Counsel for assistance.

​Kentucky Campaign Finance Law

The online versions of Kentucky’s campaign finance law and associated regulations are maintained by the Legislative Research Commission and are accessible via the links below:

Complaints

How To File A Complaint

Any person may file a complaint with the Registry, if he or she believes a violation of the campaign finance law has occurred or is about to occur. Complaints must be made in writing, and statements in a complaint must be sworn to and signed in the presence of a notary, under penalty of perjury. The Registry’s brochure - “How to File a Complaint​” - more fully describes the Complaint process.

A complaint that meets the requirements of the Registry’s Complaint procedure becomes public record only after all Respondents have been notified and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations. Upon service, a Respondent has fifteen (15) days in which to respond to a Complaint.

Registry Administrative Actions

While Registry administrative actions are not presently available online, copies of specific past Registry actions may be requested under the Kentucky Open Records Act. You may contact the Registry’s Office of General Counsel for additional information regarding past Registry actions.

Advisory Opinions

How To Request An Advisory Opinion

Any person may request an advisory opinion from the Registry concerning the application of Kentucky’s campaign finance law to a specific transaction or activity.  An authorized agent of the person requesting an advisory opinion may submit the advisory opinion request, so long as the identity of the principal is disclosed.  An advisory opinion permitting a certain transaction or activity may only be relied upon by the person or committee involved in the specific transaction or activity.  The Registry’s brochure – “How to Request an Advisory Opinion” – more fully describes the Advisory Opinion process.

Advisory Opinion Archive

Advisory Opinions issued from September 1992 to present are available online, indexed by topic and by year.  Beginning with 1999, we have included a copy of the Request for Advisory Opinion where available. If you require assistance in accessing an Advisory Opinion on a specific topic, you may contact the Registry's Office of General Counsel.​​

 

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