An independent expenditure is an expenditure or account payable that's incurred for a communication in support of or in opposition to a clearly identified candidate or measure.
Beginning January 1, 2014, a
person who makes independent expenditures of more than $750 in a calendar year
to support or oppose any candidate or measure must register as an Independent
Expenditure Filer and disclose the independent expenditures using ORESTAR.
Filing deadlines must be strictly adhered to as penalties may be imposed for
late filed independent expenditures. See the 2014 Campaign Finance Manual for
more information about what data must be included when disclosing independent
expenditures in ORESTAR or contact the Elections Division for assistance.
Independent Expenditure Defined
An independent expenditure is
an expenditure or account payable that is incurred to make a communication in
support of or in opposition to a clearly identified candidate or measure. The
expenditure is not made with the cooperation or prior consent of, or in
consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, agent,
authorized committee of the candidate, any political committee, or agent of a
political committee supporting or opposing a measure.
Words expressing advocacy, such
as “vote for” or “defeat,” are not required to make a communication a reportable
expenditure. Instead, the standard is whether the communication:
identifies the candidate or measure;
in its context, clearly and unambiguously urges the election or defeat of the
candidate or passage or defeat of the measure;
action rather than simply conveying information as a whole;
clear about what action the communication advocates.
Examples of independent expenditures
person independently paying for an argument in a voters’ pamphlet;
- a person independently purchanding a newspaper ad, poster, or other political material supporting or opposing a candidate or measure.
independent expenditure is not:
contribution made directly to a committee and reported by the committee
expenditure reported as an in-kind contribution by a committee.
Forms on File
January 1, 2014, a person that made independent expenditures disclosed the
information by filing the paper form PC 10, Statement of Independent
Forms are listed by the week in which they were filed. If a week isn't listed, no forms were received that week. To view or print PDF forms, install the latest Adobe Reader, which is available free.
Statement of Independent Expenditures (PC10) Forms filed 2010-2013.