Board of Elections

Independent Expenditure Reporting

New Campaign Finance Laws - 2018

Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018 (Part JJJ) amended Article 14 of the Election Law to include new reporting requirements for Independent Expenditure committees, effective September 9.

Emergency Regulations

Adopted Emergency Regulations on Disclosure of Independent Expenditures. 9 NYCRR subtitle V Part 6200.10 and 6200.11 - The Implementation of the Democracy Protection Act (pdf 156KB)

Paid Internet and Digital Ads (PIDA)

Summary of New Requirements Including Electronic Filing of Paid Internet and Digital Ads Effective September 9, 2018 (pdf 145KB)

Submitting Copies of Digital Independent Expenditure Ads

Copies of paid internet or digital ads (“PIDA”) targeted to 50 or more people must be submitted to the State Board of Elections at the same time AND IN ADDITION TO the applicable Weekly or 24 Hour Independent Expenditure Report.

Required copies for such Weekly Reports would include Independent Expenditures in the form of PIDAs over $500.

Required copies for such 24 Hour Reports would include Independent Expenditures in the form of PIDAs over $5,000.

Submitted copies of the ads must be in an accessible format that can be read with a screen reader, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the advertisement has a video or audio component, the committee must submit a script and reasonable description of any visual elements. The committee should not submit video or audio files to the State Board.

Required tracking information to be included in PIDA submission email:

  • Election Year
  • Office Type (State or Local Office)
  • Election Type (Special, Primary, General)
  • Date Paid / Date Liability incurred (if not yet paid)
  • Amount
  • Vendor/payee name
  • Communication Type (transcript of video ads, transcript of audio ads, screenshots of digital ads)
  • Description (description of ad)
  • File to Upload

Email address:

Submitting Registration Forms to Television, Radio Broadcasters, Providers of Cable or Satellite Television and Online Platforms

Upon the purchase of a communication in the form of an independent expenditure “each television or radio broadcast station, provider of cable or satellite television, or online platform” shall require that the independent expenditure committee “making such purchase” file with such station, provider or platform “a copy of the registration form filed by such committee with the state board of elections.” This requirement applies to ALL independent expenditures purchased from these entities, including all television and radio spots, not just internet or digital advertisements. (See Election Law §14-107-b and (9 NYCRR § 6200.10(i))

View Independent Expenditure Committee Registration Information and Political Communications

24 Hour and Weekly disclosure of Independent Expenditures

When a contribution or loan of $1,000 or more is received within 30 days of the applicable election, such transaction must be electronically disclosed within 24 hours to the NYSBOE. When a contribution or loan of $1,000 or more is received or when an expenditure over $5,000 is made, outside of the 30 day - 24 hour disclosure provision, such transaction must be electronically disclosed on a weekly basis, on Monday, to NYSBOE.

NOTE: Effective September 9, 2018, new reporting thresholds for paid internet and digital ads go into effect for weekly reporting (see summary above), and also expenditures of more than $5,000 are added to the 24 hour reporting requirements.

All 24 hour and Weekly disclosures must be reported to NYSBOE on the next applicable election cycle or periodic report.

I want to file my Weekly or 24 Hour Independent Expenditure Contributions/Loans

I want to file my Weekly or 24 Hour Independent Expenditure Expenditures/Payments

I want to file my Weekly Independent Expenditure Liabilities Incurred

View Independent Expenditure Weekly and 24 Hour Notices filed by Date Range

Register Independent Expenditure Committee

Independent Expenditure Committee Campaign Finance Registration Form (pdf 356KB)