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Candidate Campaign Committee Information

This page contains forms and publications of interest to Candidate Campaign Committees. Please contact the Registry if you cannot locate the form that you are seeking.

Definition of Candidate Campaign Committee

KRS 121.015(3)(a), KRS 121.170, KRS 121.180(9)

A Candidate Campaign Committee means one (1) or more persons who receive contributions and make expenditures to support or oppose one (1) or more specific candidates or slates of candidates for nomination or election to any state, county, city, or district office, but does not include an entity established solely by a candidate which is managed solely by a candidate and a campaign treasurer and whose name is generic in nature, such as “Friends of (the candidate),” and does not reflect that other persons have structured themselves as a committee, designated officers of the committee, and assigned responsibilities and duties to each officer with the purpose of managing a campaign to support or oppose a candidate in an election.

If a candidate or slate of candidates authorizes the registration of a campaign committee, 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 seperate persons (see KRS 121.170(4)), must both sign the form.

Additionally, the candidate or slate of candidates authorizing the committee must also sign the Political Committee Registration form and the Waiver from Filing Candidate Election Finance Statement (KREF 011). By signing these forms, the candidate or slate of candidates agrees to comply with KRS 121.180(9), which states:

  1. The candidate has an authorized campaign committee.
  2. The candidate shall surrender possession of any contribution to the treasurer of the principal campaign committee within five (5) business days.
  3. Contributions received by check, money order or other written instrument shall be endorsed directly to the committee and shall not be used in any way by the candidate.
  4. No contribution shall be commingled with the candidate’s personal funds or accounts.
  5. The candidate shall not make any unreimbursed expenditure for his or her campaign.
  6. The waiver shall continue in effect only as long as the candidate complies with the conditions set forth above.

Forms and Publications

Political Committee Registration – KREF 010

This form should be completed for Candidate Campaign Committee.

Gubernatorial Slate Campaign Committee Registration – KREF 010/G

This form is used only by Slates to officially file campaign committee information.

Waiver from Filing Candidate Election Finance Statement – KREF 011

This form is completed when the committee is taking responsibility for submitting the financial reports for the slate.  Both the candidate for Governor and the candidate for Lieutenant Governor should complete a separate Waiver from Filing Form.

Candidate Guide to Campaign Finance - Revised 08/2011 - KREF 016

The Candidate Guide to Campaign Finance is the comprehensive "road map" to the candidate's compliance with Kentucky's campaign finance laws.

Election Finance Statement - KREF 006

This is the set of forms that candidates and slates use for reporting financial transactions of the campaign to the Registry.

Instructions for Completing Election Finance Statement KREF 006

These instructions show candidate and slate committees how to complete the schedules in the Election Finance Statement.

Committee Update Form

The Committee Update form should be completed when there is a change in a committee’s designated officers or campaign depository (bank). Kentucky law requires that a committee designate a chairperson and treasurer (who must be separate persons), and an official contact person. NOTE: Executive agency lobbyists (as defined in KRS 11A.201) and legislative agents (as defined in KRS 6.611) are prohibited from serving as the official contact person of a permanent committee. In addition, if there is a vacancy in a committee’s treasurer, the chairperson shall be accountable as the committee’s treasurer, if the vacancy is not filled within three (3) days following the treasurer’s notice of resignation. See KRS 121.170.


Last Updated 5/11/2012
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