An act relating to campaign finance. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky




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UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 04/13/16 06 REG. SESS. 06 RS HB 670/GA

AN ACT relating to campaign finance.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 121 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Campaign Account" or "campaign depository" means the campaign account of a candidate or slate of candidates for public office into which all contributions, including the candidate's own money, shall be deposited and from which all expenditures shall be made.

(2) "Candidate" means any person who has received contributions or made expenditures, has appointed a campaign treasurer, or has given his or her consent for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures with a view to bringing about his or her nomination or election to public office, except federal office.

(3) "Committee" includes the following:

(a) "Candidate campaign committee," which means a committee consisting of at least a campaign treasurer and a campaign chairperson who receive contributions and make expenditures to support a specific candidate or slate of candidates for nomination or election to any state, county, city, or district office;

(b) "Caucus campaign committee," which means members of 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, or a committee as defined in this subsection:

1. House Democratic caucus campaign committee;

2. House Republican caucus campaign committee;

3. Senate Democratic caucus campaign committee; and

4. Senate Republican caucus campaign committee;

Caucus campaign committees shall operate independently from executive committees.

(c) "Executive committee" which means a state or county political party as defined in KRS Chapter 118, or an active congressional district;

(d) "Inaugural committee," which means 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;

(e) "Permanent committee" which means a group of individuals, including an association, committee, or organization, other than a candidate campaign committee, referendum committee, political issues committee, inaugural committee, caucus campaign 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; and

(f) "Political issues committee," which means two (2) or more persons 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).

(4) "Contributing organization" means a group which merely contributes to candidates, slates of candidates, candidate campaign committees, caucus campaign committees, or executive committees from time to time from funds derived solely from within the group, and which does not solicit or receive funds from sources outside the group itself. However, any contributions made by the groups in excess of one hundred dollars ($100) shall be reported to the registry.

(5) "Contribution" means any:

(a) Payment, distribution, loan, deposit, or gift of money or other thing of value to a candidate, his or her agent, a slate of candidates, its authorized agent, a committee, referendum committee, or contributing organization. As used in this subsection, "loan" shall include a guarantee, endorsement, or other form of security where the risk of nonpayment rests with the surety, guarantor, or endorser, as well as with a committee, referendum committee, contributing organization, candidate, slate of candidates, or other primary obligor. No person shall become liable as surety, endorser, or guarantor for any sum in any one (1) election which, when combined with all other contributions the individual makes to a candidate, his or her agent, a slate of candidates, its agent, a committee, referendum committee, or a contributing organization, exceeds the contribution limits provided in Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of this Act;

(b) Payment by any person other than the candidate, his or her authorized treasurer, a slate of candidates, its authorized treasurer, a committee, referendum committee, or a contributing organization, of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to a candidate, slate of candidates, committee, referendum committee, or contributing organization, or for inauguration activities;

(c) Goods, advertising, or services with a value of more than one hundred dollars ($100) in the aggregate in any one (1) election which are furnished to a candidate, slate of candidates, committee, referendum committee, or contributing organization or for inauguration activities without charge, or at a rate which is less than the rate normally charged for the goods or services; or

(d) Payment by any person other than a candidate, his or her authorized treasurer, a slate of candidates, its authorized treasurer, a committee, referendum committee, or contributing organization for any goods or services with a value of more than one hundred dollars ($100) in the aggregate in any one (1) election which are utilized by a candidate, slate of candidates, committee, referendum committee, or contributing organization, or for inauguration activities.

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