Independent Expenditure Committees

What is an Independent Expenditure Committee?

An Independent Expenditure Committee is one or more persons who make independent expenditures in an aggregate amount in excess of one thousand dollars, or that collect in excess of $1,000 from one or more persons for the purpose of making an independent expenditure. The requirements applicable to independent expenditure  committees apply to all persons, groups, businesses, and other entities that meet the definition of independent expenditure committee.


Does an Independent Expenditure Committee have to register with your office?

Yes.  An Independent Expenditure Committee must be registered with our office within two business days of the time when any person, group, business, or other entity makes independent expenditures totaling more than $1,000, or accepts donations for independent expenditures in excess of $1,000. The committee must establish a separate bank account to be used exclusively for independent expenditures.


How do I register an Independent Expenditure Committee?

You must register a committee online.   

Before registering, make sure that you have:

  • A committee name and any acronyms that you will use.
  • A registered agent.
  • The registered agent's email address and phone number.
  • Physical and mailing addresses for the committee's principal place of business.
  • A description of your committee's purpose.  This information should be detailed, including candidates, ballot measure numbers, or policy positions that you will support or oppose.
  • Financial information, including the name of the bank where the committee has or will have an account.

To register:

  1. Go to the TRACER campaign finance disclosure website.
  2. Click on the "Committee Registration" button.
  3. Select "", then click on "Next".
  4. Fill out the form.  When you are finished, click on "Submit".
  5. Print a copy of the form for your records.
  6. Click on "Finished" to complete your registration.
  7. Login information will be sent to the registered agent's email address.

If you need help using TRACER, see Learn to Use TRACER.