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ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION1 IN EXCESS OF $750 BY A PERMANENT ORGANIZATION

Revised 12/08

Iowa Code section 68A.402(6) requires a permanent organization that contributes in excess of $750 to register and file reports as a PAC. The development of Form DR-OTC is intended to serve that purpose for organizations who will only be making one-time contributions. The form takes the place of a Statement of Organization and disclosure reports.
See rule 351-4.35

CRITERIA FOR A ONE-TIME COMMITTEE
In order to use the one-time contribution form, all of the following criteria must be met:

1. ONE campaign contribution in excess of $750 was made to a state or local candidate, party, PAC (including ballot issue committees).
If multiple contributions of less than $750 combine to cross the reporting threshhold, the organization must register a PAC with the Board within ten days of crossing the $750 threshold. If the organization makes more than one contribution in excess of $750 it must register a PAC except as set out below:

EXCEPTION TO THE SINGLE CONTRIBUTION LIMIT:
An organization may make multiple contributions in a calendar year to ballot issue committees if there are multiple issue elections.

2. The organization must be a permanent organization NOT established for election purposes.
If the organization is another type of campaign committee (such as a federal or out-of-state committee), see that committee type for reporting requirements.

3. If the contribution was for a candidate, NO funds from a corporation or other prohibited contributor were included in the contribution. 

4. No money was given to the organization for the purpose of the organization then using the money for the contribution (this would be a contribution made in the name of another and is prohibited by Iowa law).

A Form DR-OTC must be filed on or before the tenth day following the date of the contribution.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE BOARD:

IOWA ETHICS & CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE BOARD
510 E. 12th, SUITE 1A
DES MOINES, IA 50319
(515)281-4028
(515)281-4073 (fax)
www.iowa.gov/ethics

1 "Contribution" includes goods or services that are provided for free or at less than fair market value.

 

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