Independent
Expenditures
Independent
Expenditure Ads
Electioneering Communications

Definition

A political advertisement that supports or promotes the defeat of a clearly identified candidate for state, local, or judicial office;


With the cost  totaling $100 or more in the aggregate;
Paid for by someone other than a candidate, a candidate's committee, or agent;
Sponsor does the advertising completely independently of any candidate supported in the ad (or the opponent of the candidate opposed), or a candidate's committee or agent;
Sponsor did not receive the candidate,s encouragement or approval to do the ad;
May include non-advertising expenditures, e.g., paid doorbelling supporting a candidate or ballot measure;
May appear in any format or medium;
May support or oppose just ballot measures; and
May appear at any time, anywhere.

The definition is the same as an Independent Expendure to the left except for the following:

The expenditure is for an ad with a fair market value of $1000 or more and appears within 21 days of an election.

A communication that clearly identifies at least one candidate for state, local, or judicial office;


Paid for by someone other than a candidate, a candidate's committee or agent;

Sponsor does the advertising completely independently of any candidate or a candidate's committee or agent;


Sponsor did not receive the candidate's encouragement or approval to do the ad;
Appears within 60 days of an election in the candidate's jurisdiction;
Appears through one or more of the following media - radio, television, postal mailing, billboard, newspaper, or periodical;
Either alone, or in combination with other communications by the sponsor identifying the candidate, has a fair market value of $1,000 or more; and
The ad does not communicate information relating to just ballot measures?

Reporting Deadline

Must be reported within 5 days of making the expenditure.

Must be reported in an electronic, fax or paper format to PDC within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the advertisement was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.

Must be electronically filed within 24 hours of, or on the first working day after, the date the ad was first published, mailed, or otherwise presented to the public.

Electronic Reporting Optional Optional Required
Reporting of Donors Not on C-6 form, unless ad also qualifies as an electioneering communication. Not on C-6 form, unless ad also qualifies as an electioneering communication. Yes, if contribution was more than $250 in the aggregate.
Retroactive Reporting None required. File the initial report and continue reporting if additional independent expenditures of any amount are made. None required. File the initial report and continue reporting if additional independent expenditures of any amount are made. Required if the $1,000 or more reporting threshold is reached by aggregating the fair market value of multiple political ads report the triggering ad as well as each of the earlier ads whose fair market value is included in the aggregate.