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Independent Committees

What is an Independent Committee?

An Independent Committee means any committee, club, association, partnership, corporation, labor union, or other group of persons, other than a campaign committee, political party, or political action committee, which receives donations during a calendar year from persons who are members or supporters of the committee and which expends such funds either for the purpose of affecting the outcome of an election for any elected office or to advocate the election or defeat of any particular candidate.

What is an independent expenditure?

An independent expenditure is an expenditure for a communication which expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate but which is made independently of any candidates campaign. An expenditure is “independent” only if it meets certain conditions. It must not be made with the cooperation or consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of any candidate or any of his or her agents or authorized committees. An expenditure which does not meet the above criteria for independence is considered a contribution which is subject to limits.

When does an Independent Committee have to register in Georgia?

Independent Committees must file a registration in the same manner as is required of campaign committees prior to accepting or making any contributions or expenditures.

Forms and Responsibilities for Independent Committees

(NOTE: The entity with which the report is filed is the same as that for campaign committees if the independent committee is required to file reports with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.)

Filing Schedule for Independent Committees

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