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CHAPTER 294A - CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 294A.002        Definitions.

NRS 294A.0025      “Advocates expressly” or “expressly advocates” defined.

NRS 294A.0035      “Campaign expenses” defined.

NRS 294A.005        “Candidate” defined.

NRS 294A.0055      “Committee for political action” defined.

NRS 294A.006        “Committee for the recall of a public officer” defined.

NRS 294A.0065      “Committee sponsored by a political party” defined.

NRS 294A.007        “Contribution” defined.

NRS 294A.0075      “Expenditures” defined.

NRS 294A.0076      “General election” defined.

NRS 294A.0077      “Independent expenditure” defined.

NRS 294A.0078      “Legal defense fund” defined.

NRS 294A.008        “Loan” defined.

NRS 294A.009        “Person” defined.

NRS 294A.014        “Primary election” defined.

CONTRIBUTIONS

NRS 294A.100        Limit on amount that may be committed or contributed to or accepted by candidate during certain period; penalty.

NRS 294A.112        Making or assisting in making contribution in name of another person prohibited; accepting contribution made by person in name of another person prohibited; making contribution to committee for political action with knowledge and intent to circumvent contribution limit prohibited.

NRS 294A.120        Candidate to report contributions received: Candidates subject to requirement; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

NRS 294A.125        Candidate who receives contributions in excess of $10,000 in year before year of election required to report contributions received and expenditures made before year of election; procedure for reporting; contents of report.

NRS 294A.128        Candidate required to report loan guaranteed by third party, forgiveness of loan or written commitment for contribution; procedure for reporting; contents of report.

NRS 294A.130        Deposit of contributions received in separate account; closing of separate account.

NRS 294A.140        Certain persons, committees and political organizations that make independent expenditures or expenditures for or against candidate or group of candidates to report contributions received; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

NRS 294A.150        Committee for political action advocating passage or defeat of question on ballot to report contributions received; period covered; form; filing.

NRS 294A.160        Personal use by candidate prohibited; use authorized for certain legal expenses; disposition of unspent contributions; penalty.

NRS 294A.190        Disposition of contribution received by candidate from anonymous or unidentifiable contributor.

EXPENSES RELATING TO ELECTIONS

NRS 294A.200        Candidate to report campaign expenses: Candidates subject to requirement; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

NRS 294A.210        Certain persons, committees and political organizations that make independent expenditures or expenditures for or against candidate or group of candidates to report expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

NRS 294A.220        Committee for political action advocating passage or defeat of question on ballot; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

REPORTS RELATING TO SPECIAL ELECTIONS

NRS 294A.223        Filing reports when special election held on same day as primary or general election.

NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS

NRS 294A.225        Registration; publication of information relating to registration.

COMMITTEE FOR POLITICAL ACTION

NRS 294A.230        Registration; publication of information relating to registration; separate violations for which civil penalty may be imposed.

NRS 294A.240        Registered agent.

COMMITTEE FOR THE RECALL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER

NRS 294A.250        Registration.

NRS 294A.260        Registered agent.

NRS 294A.270        Committee to report contributions received or made; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

NRS 294A.280        Committee to report expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS

NRS 294A.286        Establishment; notification of Secretary of State of creation; reporting of contributions and expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing; disposition of unspent money in fund.

NRS 294A.287        Limitation on contributions or commitments to make contributions; penalty.

REQUIRED AND PROHIBITED PRACTICES

NRS 294A.290        Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

NRS 294A.300        Legislator, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Governor or Governor-Elect prohibited from soliciting or accepting certain contributions during certain period; prohibition against making or committing to make such contributions during period.

NRS 294A.310        Solicitation or acceptance of contributions on behalf of Legislator or legislative caucus by caucus prohibited during certain period.

NRS 294A.325        Contributions or commitments to make contributions by foreign nationals prohibited; knowing solicitation, acceptance or receipt of such contributions or commitments prohibited; disposition of contributions received in violation of prohibition; penalty.

NRS 294A.330        Use of term “reelect” in campaign.

NRS 294A.340        Creating implication that candidate is incumbent.

NRS 294A.341        Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Identification of person or entity requesting or paying for poll required.

NRS 294A.342        Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Reporting of alleged violations; institution of court proceedings.

NRS 294A.343        Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Penalty for violation.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

NRS 294A.347        Statements which expressly advocate election or defeat of clearly identified candidate required to disclose certain information under certain circumstances.

NRS 294A.348        Disclosures and statements required on certain public political advertising and Internet communication.

NRS 294A.350        Filing of reports required despite ending campaign or experiencing certain other circumstances; filing of reports simultaneously upon ending campaign; applicability.

NRS 294A.360        Time when candidate for city office must file reports. [Repealed.]

NRS 294A.362        Candidate to report contributions in form of goods and services provided in kind; period covered; form; manner of filing.

NRS 294A.365        Categorization of expenditures and expenses in reports required; categories for use in reports.

NRS 294A.370        Media to make certain information available.

NRS 294A.373        Forms for required reports: Design by Secretary of State; limitation; copies or access through secure website; signature requirements.

NRS 294A.3733      Candidate not required to file reports electronically in certain circumstances.

NRS 294A.3737      Certain persons, committees or political parties not required to file reports electronically in certain circumstances.

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT

NRS 294A.380        Powers of Secretary of State; administering provisions governing committees for political action; regulations.

NRS 294A.382        Secretary of State prohibited from requesting or requiring listing of certain small expenditures or campaign expenses.

NRS 294A.390        Distribution of forms and regulations.

NRS 294A.400        Compilation by Secretary of State of reported information; public inspection.

NRS 294A.410        Enforcement of chapter: Reporting of alleged violations; institution of court proceedings; notice of alleged violation; investigation; order compelling compliance with subpoena.

NRS 294A.420        Enforcement of chapter: Institution of court proceedings; civil penalty; limitation and waiver of civil penalty; remedies and penalties are cumulative.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 294A.002  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 294A.0025 to 294A.014, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 730; A 1983, 1374; 1989, 1061, 2172; 2005, 2294; 2007, 967, 3369; 2011, 3287; 2013, 1331, 2379)

      NRS 294A.0025  “Advocates expressly” or “expressly advocates” defined.  “Advocates expressly” or “expressly advocates” means that a communication, taken as a whole, is susceptible to no other reasonable interpretation other than as an appeal to vote for or against a clearly identified candidate or group of candidates or a question or group of questions on the ballot at a primary election, general election or special election. A communication does not have to include the words “vote for,” “vote against,” “elect,” “support” or other similar language to be considered a communication that expressly advocates the passage or defeat of a candidate or a question.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 3286; A 2013, 1331, 2379)

      NRS 294A.0035  “Campaign expenses” defined.  “Campaign expenses” means:

      1.  All expenses incurred by a candidate for a campaign, including, without limitation:

      (a) Office expenses;

      (b) Expenses related to volunteers;

      (c) Expenses related to travel;

      (d) Expenses related to advertising;

      (e) Expenses related to paid staff;

      (f) Expenses related to consultants;

      (g) Expenses related to polling;

      (h) Expenses related to special events;

      (i) Expenses related to a legal defense fund;

      (j) Contributions made to another candidate, a nonprofit corporation that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.225, a committee for political action that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.230 or a committee for the recall of a public officer that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.250;

      (k) Fees for filing declarations of candidacy or acceptances of candidacy; and

      (l) Repayment or forgiveness of a loan.

      2.  Expenditures, as defined in NRS 294A.0075.

      3.  The disposal of any unspent contributions pursuant to NRS 294A.160.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 3286; A 2013, 2380)

      NRS 294A.005  “Candidate” defined.  “Candidate” means any person:

      1.  Who files a declaration of candidacy;

      2.  Who files an acceptance of candidacy;

      3.  Whose name appears on an official ballot at any election; or

      4.  Who has received contributions in excess of $100, regardless of whether:

      (a) The person has filed a declaration of candidacy or an acceptance of candidacy; or

      (b) The name of the person appears on an official ballot at any election.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1363; A 1981, 730; 1997, 239; 2007, 1186)

      NRS 294A.0055  “Committee for political action” defined.

      1.  “Committee for political action” means:

      (a) Any group of natural persons or entities that solicits or receives contributions from any other person, group or entity and:

             (1) Makes or intends to make contributions to candidates or other persons; or

             (2) Makes or intends to make expenditures,

Ê designed to affect the outcome of any primary election, general election, special election or question on the ballot.

      (b) Any business or social organization, corporation, partnership, association, trust, unincorporated organization or labor union:

             (1) Which has as its primary purpose affecting the outcome of any primary election, general election, special election or any question on the ballot and for that purpose receives contributions in excess of $1,500 in a calendar year or makes expenditures in excess of $1,500 in a calendar year; or

             (2) Which does not have as its primary purpose affecting the outcome of any primary election, general election, special election or any question on the ballot, but for the purpose of affecting the outcome of any election or question on the ballot receives contributions in excess of $5,000 in a calendar year or makes expenditures in excess of $5,000 in a calendar year.

      2.  “Committee for political action” does not include:

      (a) An organization made up of legislative members of a political party whose primary purpose is to provide support for their political efforts.

      (b) An entity solely because it provides goods or services to a candidate or committee in the regular course of its business at the same price that would be provided to the general public.

      (c) An individual natural person.

      (d) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of subsection 1, an individual corporation or other business organization who has filed articles of incorporation or other documentation of organization with the Secretary of State pursuant to title 7 of NRS.

      (e) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of subsection 1, a labor union.

      (f) A personal campaign committee or the personal representative of a candidate who receives contributions or makes expenditures that are reported as contributions or expenditures by the candidate.

      (g) A committee for the recall of a public officer.

      (h) A major or minor political party or any committee sponsored by a major or minor political party.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 2172; A 2001, 1429; 2007, 967; 2011, 2105; 2013, 1149, 1332, 2380)

      NRS 294A.006  “Committee for the recall of a public officer” defined.  “Committee for the recall of a public officer” means an organization that:

      1.  Receives any contributions, makes any contributions to candidates or persons or makes any expenditures that are designed to affect the recall of a public officer; or

      2.  Files a notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1060; A 2003, 1711)

      NRS 294A.0065  “Committee sponsored by a political party” defined.  “Committee sponsored by a political party” means any committee, group or organization that is officially affiliated with a political party and:

      1.  Makes or intends to make contributions to candidates or other persons; or

      2.  Makes or intends to make expenditures.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2379)

      NRS 294A.007  “Contribution” defined.

      1.  “Contribution” means a gift, loan, conveyance, deposit, payment, transfer or distribution of money or of anything of value other than the services of a volunteer, and includes:

      (a) The payment by any person, other than a candidate, of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to a:

             (1) Candidate;

             (2) Person who makes an independent expenditure; or

             (3) Committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party which makes an expenditure for or against a candidate or group of candidates,

Ê without charge to the candidate, person, committee or political party.

      (b) The value of services provided in kind for which money would have otherwise been paid, such as paid polling and resulting data, paid direct mail, paid solicitation by telephone, any paid paraphernalia that was printed or otherwise produced to promote a campaign and the use of paid personnel to assist in a campaign.

      2.  As used in this section, “volunteer” means a person who does not receive compensation of any kind, directly or indirectly, for the services provided to a campaign.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 730; A 1991, 1393; 1997, 239; 2007, 967; 2011, 2106, 3288; 2013, 1332, 2381)

      NRS 294A.0075  “Expenditures” defined.  “Expenditures” means:

      1.  Money paid for advertising or communication on television, radio, billboards or posters, in newspapers or other periodicals or by mail; and

      2.  All other money paid,

Ê to advocate expressly the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or group of candidates or the passage or defeat of a clearly identified question or group of questions on the ballot, including any payments made to a candidate or any person who is related to the candidate within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 730; A 1991, 1393; 1997, 238; 2003, 2995; 2011, 3287; 2013, 2381)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 294A.004)

      NRS 294A.0076  “General election” defined.

      “General election” includes:

      1.  A general election, as defined in NRS 293.060; and

      2.  A general city election, as defined in NRS 293.059.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 1331, 2379)

      NRS 294A.0077  “Independent expenditure” defined.  “Independent expenditure” means an expenditure which is made by a person who is not under the direction or control of a candidate for office, of a group of such candidates or of any person involved in the campaign of a candidate or group and which is made for or against a candidate or group and is not solicited or approved by a candidate or group.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 2379)

      NRS 294A.0078  “Legal defense fund” defined.  “Legal defense fund” means an account established to defray attorney’s fees or other legal costs incurred by a candidate or public officer if such a candidate or public officer becomes subject to any civil, criminal or administrative claim or proceeding arising from a campaign, the electoral process or the performance of official duties.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3368)

      NRS 294A.008  “Loan” defined.  “Loan” means a transfer of money, property or anything of value in exchange for an obligation to repay the transfer of money in whole or in part.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2294)

      NRS 294A.009  “Person” defined.  “Person” means:

      1.  A natural person;

      2.  Any form of business or social organization;

      3.  Any nongovernmental legal entity, including, without limitation, a corporation, partnership, association, trust, unincorporated organization, labor union, committee for political action, political party and committee sponsored by a political party; or

      4.  A government, governmental agency or political subdivision of a government.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 1373; A 1985, 514; 1997, 239)

      NRS 294A.014  “Primary election” defined.  “Primary election” includes:

      1.  A primary election, as defined in NRS 293.080; and

      2.  A primary city election, as defined in NRS 293.079.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 1331, 2379)

CONTRIBUTIONS

      NRS 294A.100  Limit on amount that may be committed or contributed to or accepted by candidate during certain period; penalty.

      1.  A person shall not make or commit to make a contribution or contributions to a candidate for any office, except a federal office, in an amount which exceeds $5,000 for the primary election, regardless of the number of candidates for the office, and $5,000 for the general election, regardless of the number of candidates for the office, during the period:

      (a) Beginning from 30 days before the regular session of the Legislature immediately following the last general election for the office and ending 30 days before the regular session of the Legislature immediately following the next general election for the office, if that office is a state, district, county or township office; or

      (b) Beginning from 30 days after the last election for the office and ending 30 days after the next general city election for the office, if that office is a city office.

      2.  A candidate shall not accept a contribution or commitment to make a contribution made in violation of subsection 1.

      3.  A person who willfully violates any provision of this section is guilty of a category E felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1401; A 1997, 240; 2011, 2106; 2013, 1333, 2381)

      NRS 294A.112  Making or assisting in making contribution in name of another person prohibited; accepting contribution made by person in name of another person prohibited; making contribution to committee for political action with knowledge and intent to circumvent contribution limit prohibited.

      1.  A person shall not:

      (a) Make a contribution in the name of another person;

      (b) Knowingly allow his or her name to be used to cause a contribution to be made in the name of another person or assist in the making of a contribution in the name of another person;

      (c) Knowingly assist a person to make a contribution in the name of another person;

      (d) Knowingly accept a contribution made by a person in the name of another person; or

      (e) Make a contribution to a committee for political action with the knowledge and intent that the committee for political action will contribute that money to a specific candidate which, in combination with the total contributions already made by the person for the same election, would violate the limitations on contributions set forth in this chapter.

      2.  As used in this section, “make a contribution in the name of another person” includes, without limitation:

      (a) Giving money or an item of value, all or part of which was provided or reimbursed to the contributor by another person, without disclosing the source of the money or item of value to the recipient at the time the contribution is made; and

      (b) Giving money or an item of value, all or part of which belongs to the person who is giving the money or item of value, and claiming that the money or item of value belongs to another person.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 236; A 2011, 3288)

      NRS 294A.120  Candidate to report contributions received: Candidates subject to requirement; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

      1.  Every candidate for office at a primary election or general election shall, not later than January 15 of each year, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report:

      (a) Each contribution in excess of $100 received during the period;

      (b) Contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $100; and

      (c) The total of all contributions received during the period which are $100 or less and which are not otherwise required to be reported pursuant to paragraph (b).

Ê The provisions of this subsection apply to the candidate beginning the year of the general election for that office through the year immediately preceding the next general election for that office.

      2.  Every candidate for office at a primary election or general election shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election for that office, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election for that office, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each contribution described in subsection 1 received during the period.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 4 and 5 and NRS 294A.223, every candidate for office at a special election shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the candidate’s nomination through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution described in subsection 1 received during the period.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5 and NRS 294A.223, every candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through the 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution described in subsection 1 received during the period.

      5.  If a district court determines that a petition for recall is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, every candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled shall, not later than 30 days after the district court orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the date of the district court’s order, report each contribution described in subsection 1 received during the period.

      6.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, reports of contributions must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      7.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      8.  The name and address of the contributor and the date on which the contribution was received must be included on the report for each contribution in excess of $100 and contributions which a contributor has made cumulatively in excess of that amount since the beginning of the current reporting period.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 591; A 1977, 1364; 1979, 488; 1981, 730; 1983, 346; 1985, 269, 1109; 1991, 1394; 1995, 825, 1514; 1997, 240; 1999, 2552, 3556; 2001, 274; 2001 Special Session, 167; 2003, 2996; 2005, 2294; 2011, 1699, 1835; 2013, 1333, 2382)

      NRS 294A.125  Candidate who receives contributions in excess of $10,000 in year before year of election required to report contributions received and expenditures made before year of election; procedure for reporting; contents of report.

      1.  In addition to complying with the requirements set forth in NRS 294A.120 and 294A.200, a candidate who receives contributions in any year before the year in which the general election in which the candidate intends to seek election to public office is held shall, for:

      (a) The year in which the candidate receives contributions in excess of $10,000, list:

             (1) Each of the contributions received and the expenditures in excess of $100 made in that year; and

             (2) The total of all contributions received and expenditures which are $100 or less.

      (b) Each year after the year in which the candidate received contributions in excess of $10,000, until the year of the general election in which the candidate intends to seek election to public office is held, list:

             (1) Each of the contributions received and the expenditures in excess of $100 made in that year; and

             (2) The total of all contributions received and expenditures which are $100 or less.

      2.  The name and address of the contributor and the date on which the contribution was received must be included on the list for each contribution in excess of $100 and contributions that a contributor has made cumulatively in excess of that amount.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, the report must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      4.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date it was received by the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 236; A 1999, 2553, 3557; 2001, 274; 2001 Special Session, 168; 2003, 2997; 2005, 2296; 2011, 1701; 2013, 1335, 2384)

      NRS 294A.128  Candidate required to report loan guaranteed by third party, forgiveness of loan or written commitment for contribution; procedure for reporting; contents of report.

      1.  In addition to complying with the requirements set forth in NRS 294A.120 and 294A.200, a candidate who receives a loan which is guaranteed by a third party, forgiveness of a loan previously made to the candidate or a written commitment for a contribution shall, for the period covered by the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120 or 294A.200, report:

      (a) If a loan received by the candidate was guaranteed by a third party, the amount of the loan and the name and address of each person who guaranteed the loan;

      (b) If a loan received by the candidate was forgiven by the person who made the loan, the amount that was forgiven and the name and address of the person who forgave the loan; and

      (c) If the candidate received a written commitment for a contribution, the amount committed to be contributed and the name and address of the person who made the written commitment.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, the reports required by subsection 1 must be filed in the same manner and at the same time as the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120 or 294A.200.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2294; A 2011, 1702; 2013, 1336, 2385)

      NRS 294A.130  Deposit of contributions received in separate account; closing of separate account.

      1.  Every candidate shall, not later than 1 week after receiving minimum contributions of $100, open and maintain a separate account in a financial institution for the deposit of any contributions received. The candidate shall not commingle the money in the account with money collected for other purposes.

      2.  The candidate may close the separate account if the candidate:

      (a) Was a candidate in a special election, after that election;

      (b) Lost in the primary election, after the primary election; or

      (c) Won the primary election, after the general election,

Ê and as soon as all payments of money committed have been made.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 2140; A 1997, 242; 2013, 1336, 2385)

      NRS 294A.140  Certain persons, committees and political organizations that make independent expenditures or expenditures for or against candidate or group of candidates to report contributions received; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

      1.  The provisions of this section apply to:

      (a) Every person who makes an independent expenditure in excess of $1,000; and

      (b) Every committee for political action, political party and committee sponsored by a political party which receives contributions in excess of $1,000 or makes an expenditure for or against a candidate for office or a group of such candidates.

      2.  Every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 shall, not later than January 15 of each year that the provisions of this subsection apply, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000. The provisions of this subsection apply to the person, committee or political party beginning the year of the general election for that office through the year immediately preceding the next general election for that office.

      3.  Every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election for that office, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election for that office, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 5 and 6 and NRS 294A.223, every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election or for or against a group of such candidates shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the nomination of the candidate through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6 and NRS 294A.223, every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled or for or against a group of candidates for offices at such special elections shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate a petition to recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      6.  If a district court determines that a petition for recall is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled or for or against a group of candidates for offices at such a special election shall, not later than 30 days after the district court orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the date of the district court’s order, report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      7.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, the reports of contributions required pursuant to this section must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      8.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      9.  Every person, committee and political party described in this section shall file a report required by this section even if the person, committee or political party receives no contributions.

      10.  The name and address of the contributor and the date on which the contribution was received must be included on the report for each contribution in excess of $1,000 and contributions which a contributor has made cumulatively in excess of $1,000 since the beginning of the current reporting period.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1389; A 1997, 242; 1999, 2554; 2003, 2998; 2007, 968; 2011, 1703, 1837, 3289; 2013, 1337, 2385)

      NRS 294A.150  Committee for political action advocating passage or defeat of question on ballot to report contributions received; period covered; form; filing.

      1.  Every committee for political action that advocates the passage or defeat of a question or group of questions on the ballot at a primary election or general election shall, not later than January 15 of each year that the provisions of this subsection apply to the committee for political action, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during that period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000. The provisions of this subsection apply to the committee for political action:

      (a) Each year in which an election is held for each question for which the committee for political action advocates passage or defeat; and

      (b) The year after the year described in paragraph (a).

      2.  A committee for political action described in subsection 1 shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.223, every committee for political action that advocates the passage or defeat of a question or group of questions on the ballot at a special election shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date that the question qualified for the ballot through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution in excess of $1,000 received during the period and contributions received during the period from a contributor which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      4.  The provisions of this section apply to a committee for political action even if the question or group of questions that the committee for political action advocates the passage or defeat of is removed from the ballot by a court order or otherwise does not appear on the ballot at a primary, general or special election.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, the reports required pursuant to this section must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      6.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      7.  If the committee for political action is advocating passage or defeat of a group of questions, the reports must be itemized by question or petition.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1392; A 1997, 243; 1999, 2555; 2003, 3001; 2005, 2832; 2007, 970, 1244, 2534; 2011, 1706, 1840, 2107, 3291; 2013, 1340, 2389)

      NRS 294A.160  Personal use by candidate prohibited; use authorized for certain legal expenses; disposition of unspent contributions; penalty.

      1.  It is unlawful for a candidate to spend money received as a contribution for the candidate’s personal use.

      2.  Notwithstanding the provisions of NRS 294A.286, a candidate or public officer may use contributions to pay for any legal expenses that the candidate or public officer incurs in relation to a campaign or serving in public office without establishing a legal defense fund. Any such candidate or public officer shall report any expenditure of contributions to pay for legal expenses in the same manner and at the same time as the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120 or 294A.200. A candidate or public officer shall not use contributions to satisfy a civil or criminal penalty imposed by law.

      3.  Every candidate for office at a primary election, general election or special election who is elected to that office and received contributions that were not spent or committed for expenditure before the primary election, general election or special election shall dispose of the money through one or any combination of the following methods:

      (a) Return the unspent money to contributors;

      (b) Use the money in the candidate’s next election or for the payment of other expenses related to public office or his or her campaign, regardless of whether he or she is a candidate for a different office in the candidate’s next election;

      (c) Contribute the money to:

             (1) The campaigns of other candidates for public office or for the payment of debts related to their campaigns;

             (2) A political party; or

             (3) Any combination of persons or groups set forth in subparagraphs (1) and (2);

      (d) Donate the money to any tax-exempt nonprofit entity; or

      (e) Donate the money to any governmental entity or fund of this State or a political subdivision of this State. A candidate who donates money pursuant to this paragraph may request that the money be used for a specific purpose.

      4.  Every candidate for office at a primary election, general election or special election who withdraws pursuant to NRS 293.202 or 293C.195 after filing a declaration of candidacy or an acceptance of candidacy, is removed from the ballot by court order or is defeated for or otherwise not elected to that office and who received contributions that were not spent or committed for expenditure before the primary election, general election or special election shall, not later than the 15th day of the second month after the election, dispose of the money through one or any combination of the following methods:

      (a) Return the unspent money to contributors;

      (b) Contribute the money to:

             (1) The campaigns of other candidates for public office or for the payment of debts related to their campaigns;

             (2) A political party; or

             (3) Any combination of persons or groups set forth in subparagraphs (1) and (2);

      (c) Donate the money to any tax-exempt nonprofit entity; or

      (d) Donate the money to any governmental entity or fund of this State or a political subdivision of this State. A candidate who donates money pursuant to this paragraph may request that the money be used for a specific purpose.

      5.  Every candidate for office who withdraws after filing a declaration of candidacy or an acceptance of candidacy, is defeated for that office at a primary election or is removed from the ballot by court order before a primary election or general election and who received a contribution from a person in excess of $5,000 shall, not later than the 15th day of the second month after the primary election or general election, as applicable, return any money in excess of $5,000 to the contributor.

      6.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 7 and 8, every public officer who:

      (a) Does not run for reelection to the office which he or she holds and is not a candidate for any other office; and

      (b) Has contributions that are not spent or committed for expenditure remaining from a previous election,

Ê shall, not later than the 15th day of the second month after the expiration of the public officer’s term of office, dispose of those contributions in the manner provided in subsection 4.

      7.  A public officer who:

      (a) Resigns from his or her office;

      (b) Is not a candidate for any other office; and

      (c) Has contributions that are not spent or committed for expenditure remaining from a previous election,

Ê shall, not later than the 15th day of the second month after the effective date of the resignation, dispose of those contributions in the manner provided in subsection 4.

      8.  A public officer who:

      (a) Does not run for reelection to the office which he or she holds and is a candidate for any other office; and

      (b) Has contributions that are not spent or committed for expenditure remaining from a previous election,

Ê may use the unspent contributions in a future election. Such a public officer is subject to the reporting requirements set forth in NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128, 294A.200 and 294A.362 for as long as the public officer is a candidate for any office.

      9.  In addition to the methods for disposing of the unspent money set forth in subsections 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8, a Legislator may donate not more than $500 of that money to the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum created pursuant to NRS 427A.320.

      10.  Any contributions received before a candidate for office at a primary election, general election or special election dies that were not spent or committed for expenditure before the death of the candidate must be disposed of in the manner provided in subsection 4.

      11.  The court shall, in addition to any penalty which may be imposed pursuant to NRS 294A.420, order the candidate or public officer to dispose of any remaining contributions in the manner provided in this section.

      12.  As used in this section, “contributions” include any interest and other income earned thereon.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1922; A 1997, 244; 2001, 3028; 2003, 3004; 2011, 880, 2110, 3302; 2013, 1343, 2392)

      NRS 294A.190  Disposition of contribution received by candidate from anonymous or unidentifiable contributor.  A candidate who receives a contribution of $100 or more from an anonymous or unidentifiable contributor shall, within 10 days after receiving the contribution, deliver the money to the State Treasurer or donate the money to a nonprofit entity. The State Treasurer shall deposit the money in the State General Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1392)

EXPENSES RELATING TO ELECTIONS

      NRS 294A.200  Candidate to report campaign expenses: Candidates subject to requirement; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

      1.  Every candidate for office at a primary election or general election shall, not later than January 15 of each year, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report:

      (a) Each of the campaign expenses in excess of $100 incurred during the period;

      (b) Each amount in excess of $100 disposed of pursuant to NRS 294A.160 or subsection 3 of NRS 294A.286 during the period;

      (c) The total of all campaign expenses incurred during the period which are $100 or less; and

      (d) The total of all amounts disposed of during the period pursuant to NRS 294A.160 or subsection 3 of NRS 294A.286 which are $100 or less.

      2.  The provisions of subsection 1 apply to the candidate:

      (a) Beginning the year of the general election for that office through the year immediately preceding the next general election for that office; and

      (b) Each year immediately succeeding a calendar year during which the candidate disposes of contributions pursuant to NRS 294A.160 or 294A.286.

      3.  Every candidate for office at a primary election or general election shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election for that office, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election for that office, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each of the campaign expenses described in subsection 1 incurred during the period.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 5 and 6 and NRS 294A.223, every candidate for office at a special election shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the candidate’s nomination through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each of the campaign expenses described in subsection 1 incurred during the period.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6 and NRS 294A.223, every candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each of the campaign expenses described in subsection 1 incurred during the period.

      6.  If a district court determines that a petition for recall is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, every candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled shall, not later than 30 days after the district orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the date of the district court’s order, report each of the campaign expenses described in subsection 1 incurred during the period.

      7.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, reports of campaign expenses must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      8.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 592; A 1975, 1486; 1977, 1364; 1979, 488; 1981, 731; 1983, 347; 1985, 1110; 1987, 361; 1989, 2140; 1991, 1395; 1995, 826, 1515; 1997, 246; 1999, 2556, 3559; 2001, 274; 2001 Special Session, 169; 2003, 3005; 2005, 2297; 2011, 1709, 1843, 2112; 2013, 1345, 2393)

      NRS 294A.210  Certain persons, committees and political organizations that make independent expenditures or expenditures for or against candidate or group of candidates to report expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

      1.  The provisions of this section apply to:

      (a) Every person who makes an independent expenditure in excess of $1,000; and

      (b) Every committee for political action, political party and committee sponsored by a political party which receives contributions in excess of $1,000 or makes an expenditure for or against a candidate for office or a group of such candidates.

      2.  Every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 shall, not later than January 15 of each year that the provisions of this subsection apply to the person, committee or political party, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report each independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, made during the period in excess of $1,000 and independent expenditures or other expenditures, as applicable, made during the period to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $1,000. The provisions of this subsection apply to the person, committee or political party beginning the year of the general election for that office through the year immediately preceding the next general election for that office.

      3.  Every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election for that office, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election for that office, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election for that office, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, in excess of $1,000 made during the period and independent expenditures or other expenditures, as applicable, made during the period to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      4.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 5 and 6 and NRS 294A.223, every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election or for or against a group of such candidates shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the nomination of the candidate through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, in excess of $1,000 made during the period and independent expenditures or other expenditures, as applicable, made during the period to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 6 and NRS 294A.223, every person, committee and political party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled or for or against a group of such candidates shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, in excess of $1,000 made during the period and independent expenditures or other expenditures, as applicable, made during the period to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      6.  If a district court determines that the petition for recall is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, every person, committee and party described in subsection 1 which makes an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, for or against a candidate for office at a special election to determine whether a public officer will be recalled or for or against a group of such candidates shall, not later than 30 days after the district court orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the date of the district court’s order, report each independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, in excess of $1,000 made during the period and independent expenditures or expenditures, as applicable, made during the period to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      7.  Independent expenditures and other expenditures made within the State or made elsewhere but for use within the State, including independent expenditures and other expenditures made outside the State for printing, television and radio broadcasting or other production of the media, must be included in the report.

      8.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, the reports must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      9.  If an independent expenditure or other expenditure, as applicable, is made for or against a group of candidates, the reports must be itemized by the candidate.

      10.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State. Every person, committee or political party described in subsection 1 shall file a report required by this section even if the person, committee or political party receives no contributions.

      (Added to NRS by 1983, 1373; A 1985, 1111; 1987, 362, 1141; 1989, 2141; 1991, 1396; 1997, 247; 1999, 2557; 2003, 3007; 2007, 973; 2011, 1712, 1845, 3294; 2013, 1347, 2396)

      NRS 294A.220  Committee for political action advocating passage or defeat of question on ballot; deadline; period covered; form; filing.

      1.  Every committee for political action that advocates the passage or defeat of a question or group of questions on the ballot at a primary election or general election shall, not later than January 15 of each year that the provisions of this subsection apply to the committee for political action, for the period from January 1 of the previous year through December 31 of the previous year, report each expenditure made during the period for or against the question, the group of questions or a question in the group of questions on the ballot in excess of $1,000 and such expenditures made during the period to one recipient that cumulatively exceed $1,000. The provisions of this subsection apply to the committee for political action:

      (a) Each year in which an election is held for a question for which the committee for political action advocates passage or defeat; and

      (b) The year after the year described in paragraph (a).

      2.  A committee for political action described in subsection 1 shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the primary election, for the period from the January 1 immediately preceding the primary election through 25 days before the primary election;

      (b) Four days before the primary election, for the period from 24 days before the primary election through 5 days before the primary election;

      (c) Twenty-one days before the general election, for the period from 4 days before the primary election through 25 days before the general election; and

      (d) Four days before the general election, for the period from 24 days before the general election through 5 days before the general election,

Ê report each expenditure made during the period for or against the question, the group of questions or a question in the group of questions on the ballot in excess of $1,000 and such expenditures made during the period to one recipient that cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.223, every committee for political action that advocates the passage or defeat of a question or group of questions on the ballot at a special election shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election, for the period from the date the question qualified for the ballot through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each expenditure made during the period for or against the question, the group of questions or a question in the group of questions on the ballot in excess of $1,000 and such expenditures made during the period to one recipient that cumulatively exceed $1,000.

      4.  Expenditures made within the State or made elsewhere but for use within the State, including expenditures made outside the State for printing, television and radio broadcasting or other production of the media, must be included in the report.

      5.  The provisions of this section apply to a committee for political action even if the question or group of questions that the committee for political action advocates the passage or defeat of is removed from the ballot by a court order or otherwise does not appear on the ballot at a primary, general or special election.

      6.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, reports required pursuant to this section must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      7.  If an expenditure is made for or against a group of questions, the reports must be itemized by question or petition.

      8.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1390; A 1997, 248; 1999, 2558; 2003, 3010; 2005, 2834; 2007, 975, 1248, 2537; 2011, 1714, 1847, 2113, 3297; 2013, 1351, 2399)

REPORTS RELATING TO SPECIAL ELECTIONS

      NRS 294A.223  Filing reports when special election held on same day as primary or general election.  If a special election is held on the same day as a primary election or general election, any candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation that is otherwise required to file a report with the Secretary of State pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.140, 294A.150, 294A.200, 294A.210, 294A.220 or 294A.362 shall, in lieu of complying with the requirements of those sections relating to a special election, comply with the requirements of those sections relating to the primary election or general election, as applicable, except that:

      1.  A candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation is not required to file a report pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.140, 294A.150, 294A.200, 294A.210, 294A.220 or 294A.362 that was due on or before the date on which the call for the special election was issued; and

      2.  If the special election is held on the same day as a primary election, the final report for the special election that is required pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.140, 294A.150, 294A.200, 294A.210, 294A.220 or 294A.362 is due on or before the 15th day of the second month after the primary election.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 1331, 2379)

NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS

      NRS 294A.225  Registration; publication of information relating to registration.

      1.  A nonprofit corporation shall, before it engages in any of the following activities in this State, submit the names, addresses and telephone numbers of its officers to the Secretary of State:

      (a) Soliciting or receiving contributions from any other person, group or entity;

      (b) Making contributions to candidates or other persons; or

      (c) Making expenditures,

Ê designed to affect the outcome of any primary election, general election or special election or question on the ballot.

      2.  The Secretary of State shall include on the Secretary of State’s Internet website the information submitted pursuant to subsection 1.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 2831; A 2013, 1353, 2402)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 294A.375)

COMMITTEE FOR POLITICAL ACTION

      NRS 294A.230  Registration; publication of information relating to registration; separate violations for which civil penalty may be imposed.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, each committee for political action shall, before it engages in any activity in this State, register with the Secretary of State on forms supplied by the Secretary of State.

      2.  A person who qualifies as a committee for political action in accordance with:

      (a) Subparagraph (1) of paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 294A.0055 by receiving contributions in excess of $1,500 in a calendar year or making expenditures in excess of $1,500 in a calendar year; or

      (b) Subparagraph (2) of paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 294A.0055 by receiving contributions in excess of $5,000 in a calendar year or making expenditures in excess of $5,000 in a calendar year,

Ê shall, not later than 7 calendar days after the qualifying event, register with the Secretary of State on forms supplied by the Secretary of State. When reporting contributions as required by this chapter, a person who qualifies as a committee for political action in accordance with subparagraph (2) of paragraph (b) of subsection 1 of NRS 294A.0055 is required to report only those contributions received for the purpose of affecting the outcome of any primary election, general election, special election or any question on the ballot.

      3.  The form must require:

      (a) The name of the committee for political action;

      (b) The purpose for which it was organized;

      (c) The names, addresses and telephone numbers of its officers;

      (d) If the committee for political action is affiliated with any other organizations, the name, address and telephone number of each organization;

      (e) The name, address and telephone number of its registered agent; and

      (f) Any other information deemed necessary by the Secretary of State.

      4.  A committee for political action shall file with the Secretary of State:

      (a) An amended form for registration within 30 days after any change in the information contained in the form for registration.

      (b) A form for registration on or before January 15 of each year, regardless of whether there is a change in the information contained in the most recent form for registration filed by the committee for political action with the Secretary of State.

      5.  The Secretary of State shall include on the Secretary of State’s Internet website the information required pursuant to subsection 3.

      6.  For purposes of the civil penalty that the Secretary of State may impose pursuant to NRS 294A.420 for violating the provisions of subsection 1 or 2, if a committee for political action fails to register with the Secretary of State pursuant to subsection 1 or 2, each time the committee for political action engages in any activity in this State constitutes a separate violation of subsection 1 or 2 for which the Secretary of State may impose a civil penalty.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 2172; A 1991, 1397; 2005, 2837; 2007, 2718; 2011, 2116, 3300; 2013, 1150)

      NRS 294A.240  Registered agent.  Each committee for political action shall appoint and keep in this State a registered agent, as provided in NRS 14.020, who must be a natural person who resides in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 2172; A 2007, 2718)

COMMITTEE FOR THE RECALL OF A PUBLIC OFFICER

      NRS 294A.250  Registration.  Each committee for the recall of a public officer shall register with the Secretary of State, on a form provided by the Secretary of State. Each form must include:

      1.  The name of the committee;

      2.  The purpose for which it was organized;

      3.  The names and addresses of its officers; and

      4.  If the committee is organized and located outside this State, the name and address of its registered agent.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1060; A 2007, 2718)

      NRS 294A.260  Registered agent.  Each committee for the recall of a public officer which is organized and located outside this State shall appoint and keep in this State a registered agent, as provided in NRS 14.020, who must be a natural person residing in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1060; A 2007, 2718)

      NRS 294A.270  Committee to report contributions received or made; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 3 and 4, each committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election to recall a public officer, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution received or made by the committee for the recall of a public officer during the period in excess of $100 and contributions received from a contributor or made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      2.  If a petition for the recall of a public officer is not filed before the expiration of the notice of intent, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than 30 days after the expiration of the notice of intent, report each contribution received by the committee for the recall of a public officer, and each contribution made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and contributions made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      3.  If a district court determines that the petition for the recall of the public officer is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than 30 days after the district court orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the day of the district court’s order, report each contribution received or made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and contributions received from a contributor or made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      4.  If the special election is held on the same day as a primary election or general election, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the special election, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through 25 days before the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 24 days before the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) The 15th day of the second month after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each contribution received or made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and contributions received from a contributor or made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, each report of contributions must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      6.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      7.  The name and address of the contributor or recipient and the date on which the contribution was received must be included on the report for each contribution, whether from or to a natural person, association or corporation.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1060; A 1991, 1397; 1995, 1084; 1997, 249; 1999, 2558; 2003, 3012; 2011, 1718, 1850; 2013, 1354, 2402)

      NRS 294A.280  Committee to report expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing; details to be included in report.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 3 and 4, each committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than:

      (a) Four days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election to recall a public officer, for the period from the date the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall is filed pursuant to NRS 306.015 through 5 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 4 days before the beginning of early voting by personal appearance for the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) Thirty days after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each expenditure made by the committee for the recall of a public officer during the period in excess of $100 and expenditures made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      2.  If a petition for the recall of a public officer is not filed before the expiration of the notice of intent, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than 30 days after the expiration of the notice of intent, report each expenditure made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and expenditures made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      3.  If a district court determines that a petition for the recall of the public officer is legally insufficient pursuant to subsection 6 of NRS 306.040, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than 30 days after the district court orders the officer with whom the petition is filed to cease any further proceedings regarding the petition, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through the day of the district court’s order, report each expenditure made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and expenditures made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      4.  If the special election is held on the same day as a primary election or general election, the committee for the recall of a public officer shall, not later than:

      (a) Twenty-one days before the special election, for the period from the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition for recall through 25 days before the special election;

      (b) Four days before the special election, for the period from 24 days before the special election through 5 days before the special election; and

      (c) The 15th of the second month after the special election, for the remaining period through the date of the special election,

Ê report each expenditure made by the committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100 and expenditures made to one recipient which cumulatively exceed $100.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3737, each report of expenditures must be filed electronically with the Secretary of State.

      6.  A report shall be deemed to be filed on the date that it was received by the Secretary of State.

      7.  The name and address of the recipient and the date on which the expenditure was made must be included on the report for each expenditure, whether to a natural person, association or corporation.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1061; A 1991, 1398; 1995, 1085; 1997, 250; 1999, 2559; 2003, 3013; 2011, 1719, 1851; 2013, 1355, 2404)

LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS

      NRS 294A.286  Establishment; notification of Secretary of State of creation; reporting of contributions and expenditures; deadline; period covered; form; filing; disposition of unspent money in fund.

      1.  Any candidate or public officer may establish a legal defense fund. A person who administers a legal defense fund shall:

      (a) Within 5 days after the creation of the legal defense fund, notify the Secretary of State of the creation of the fund on a form provided by the Secretary of State; and

      (b) For the same period covered by the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120 or 294A.200, report any contribution received by or expenditure made from the legal defense fund.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, the reports required by paragraph (b) of subsection 1 must be filed in the same manner and at the same time as the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120 or 294A.200.

      3.  Not later than the 15th day of the second month after the conclusion of all civil, criminal or administrative claims or proceedings for which a candidate or public officer established a legal defense fund, the candidate or public officer shall dispose of unspent money through one or any combination of the following methods:

      (a) Return the unspent money to contributors; or

      (b) Donate the money to any tax-exempt nonprofit entity.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3368; A 2011, 1721, 2117, 3302; 2013, 1356, 2405)

      NRS 294A.287  Limitation on contributions or commitments to make contributions; penalty.

      1.  A person shall not make or commit to make a contribution or contributions to the legal defense fund of a candidate or public officer in an amount which exceeds $10,000 during the applicable period prescribed in NRS 294A.100 pertaining to the office the candidate is seeking or that the public officer holds.

      2.  A candidate or public officer shall not accept a contribution or commitment to make a contribution to his or her legal defense fund that is made in violation of subsection 1.

      3.  A person who willfully violates any provision of this section is guilty of a category E felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 3368; A 2011, 2117)

REQUIRED AND PROHIBITED PRACTICES

      NRS 294A.290  Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

      1.  The filing officer shall give to each candidate who files a declaration of candidacy or acceptance of candidacy a copy of the form set forth in subsection 2. The filing officer shall inform the candidate that subscription to the Code is voluntary.

      2.  The Code must be in the following form:

 

CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES

 

       There are basic principles of decency, honesty and fair play which every candidate for public office in the State of Nevada has a moral obligation to observe and uphold, in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly conducted campaigns, the voters may exercise their constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice and that the will of the people may be fully and clearly expressed on the issues.

       THEREFORE:

       1.  I will conduct my campaign openly and publicly and limit attacks against my opponent to legitimate challenges to my opponent’s voting record or qualifications for office.

       2.  I will not use character defamation or other false attacks on a candidate’s personal or family life.

       3.  I will not use campaign material which misrepresents, distorts or otherwise falsifies the facts, nor will I use malicious or unfounded accusations which are intended to create or exploit doubts, without justification, about the personal integrity of my opposition.

       4.  I will not condone any dishonest or unethical practice which undermines the American system of free elections or impedes or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters.

       I, the undersigned, as a candidate for election to public office in the State of Nevada, hereby voluntarily pledge myself to conduct my campaign in accordance with the principles and practices set forth in this Code.

 

.........................................................................                                                                  

                             Date                                                 Signature of Candidate

 

      3.  A candidate who subscribes to the Code and submits the form set forth in subsection 2 to the filing officer may indicate on the candidate’s campaign materials that he or she subscribes to the Code.

      4.  The Secretary of State shall provide a sufficient number of copies of the form to the county clerks, registrar of voters and other filing officers.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1392; A 1997, 3471)

      NRS 294A.300  Legislator, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Governor or Governor-Elect prohibited from soliciting or accepting certain contributions during certain period; prohibition against making or committing to make such contributions during period.

      1.  It is unlawful for a member of the Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, the Lieutenant Governor-Elect, the Governor or the Governor-Elect to solicit or accept any monetary contribution, or solicit or accept a commitment to make such a contribution for any political purpose during the period beginning:

      (a) Thirty days before a regular session of the Legislature and ending 30 days after the final adjournment of a regular session of the Legislature;

      (b) Fifteen days before a special session of the Legislature is set to commence and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of a special session of the Legislature, if:

             (1) The Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is more than 15 days after the date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session pursuant to Section 9 of Article 5 of the Nevada Constitution; or

             (2) The members of the Legislature set a date on or before which the Legislature is to convene the special session that is more than 15 days after the date on which the Secretary of State receives one or more substantially similar petitions signed, in the aggregate, by the required number of members calling for the special session pursuant to Section 2A of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution; or

      (c) The day after:

             (1) The date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of the special session if the Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is 15 or fewer days after the date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session; or

             (2) The date on which the Secretary of State receives one or more substantially similar petitions signed, in the aggregate, by the required number of members of the Legislature calling for the special session and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of the special session if the members set a date on or before which the Legislature is to convene the special session that is 15 or fewer days after the date on which the Secretary of State receives the petitions.

      2.  A person shall not make or commit to make a contribution or commitment prohibited by subsection 1.

      3.  This section does not prohibit the payment of a salary or other compensation or income to a member of the Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor or the Governor during a session of the Legislature if it is made for services provided as a part of his or her regular employment or is additional income to which he or she is entitled.

      4.  As used in this section, “political purpose” includes, without limitation, the establishment of, or the addition of money to, a legal defense fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1402; A 1995, 826; 1997, 250; 2003, 1727; 2007, 3369; 2011, 2118; 2013, 3755)

      NRS 294A.310  Solicitation or acceptance of contributions on behalf of Legislator or legislative caucus by caucus prohibited during certain period.

      1.  A member of an organization whose primary purpose is to provide support for Legislators of a particular political party and house shall not solicit or accept contributions on behalf of the Legislators or the organization, or solicit or accept a commitment to make such a contribution during the period beginning:

      (a) Thirty days before a regular session of the Legislature and ending 30 days after the final adjournment of a regular session of the Legislature;

      (b) Fifteen days before a special session of the Legislature is set to commence and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of a special session of the Legislature, if:

             (1) The Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is more than 15 days after the date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session pursuant to Section 9 of Article 5 of the Nevada Constitution; or

             (2) The members of the Legislature set a date on or before which the Legislature is to convene the special session that is more than 15 days after the date on which the Secretary of State receives one or more substantially similar petitions signed, in the aggregate, by the required number of members calling for the special session pursuant to Section 2A of Article 4 of the Nevada Constitution; or

      (c) The day after:

             (1) The date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of the special session if the Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is 15 or fewer days after the date on which the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session; or

             (2) The date on which the Secretary of State receives one or more substantially similar petitions signed, in the aggregate, by the required number of members of the Legislature calling for the special session and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of the special session if the members set a date on or before which the Legislature is to convene the special session that is 15 or fewer days after the date on which the Secretary of State receives the petitions.

      2.  A person shall not make or commit to make a contribution or commitment prohibited by subsection 1.

      3.  A person shall not accept a contribution on behalf of another person to avoid the prohibitions of this section.

      (Added to NRS by 1991, 1402; A 1997, 251; 2003, 1727; 2013, 3756)

      NRS 294A.325  Contributions or commitments to make contributions by foreign nationals prohibited; knowing solicitation, acceptance or receipt of such contributions or commitments prohibited; disposition of contributions received in violation of prohibition; penalty.

      1.  A foreign national shall not, directly or indirectly, make a contribution or a commitment to make a contribution to:

      (a) A candidate;

      (b) A committee for political action;

      (c) A committee for the recall of a public officer;

      (d) A person who makes an independent expenditure;

      (e) A political party or committee sponsored by a political party that makes an expenditure for or against a candidate or group of candidates;

      (f) An organization made up of legislative members of a political party whose primary purpose is to provide support for their political efforts;

      (g) A personal campaign committee or the personal representative of a candidate who receives contributions or makes expenditures that are reported as contributions or expenditures by the candidate; or

      (h) A nonprofit corporation that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.225.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, a candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation described in subsection 1 shall not knowingly solicit, accept or receive a contribution or a commitment to make a contribution from a foreign national.

      3.  For the purposes of subsection 2, if a candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation is aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to inquire whether the source of a contribution is a foreign national, the candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation shall be deemed to have not knowingly solicited, accepted or received a contribution in violation of subsection 2 if the candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation requests and obtains from the source of the contribution a copy of current and valid United States passport papers. This subsection does not apply to any candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation if the candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation has actual knowledge that the source of the contribution solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national.

      4.  If a candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation discovers that the candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation received a contribution in violation of this section, the candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation shall, if at the time of discovery of the violation:

      (a) Sufficient money received as contributions is available, return the contribution received in violation of this section not later than 30 days after such discovery.

      (b) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c), sufficient money received as contributions is not available, return the contribution received in violation of this section as contributions become available for this purpose.

      (c) Sufficient money received as contributions is not available and contributions are no longer being solicited or accepted, not be required to return any amount of the contribution received in violation of this section that exceeds the amount of contributions available for this purpose.

      5.  A violation of any provision of this section is a gross misdemeanor.

      6.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Foreign national” has the meaning ascribed to it in 2 U.S.C. § 441e.

      (b) “Knowingly” means that a candidate, person, group, committee, political party, organization or nonprofit corporation:

             (1) Has actual knowledge that the source of the contribution solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national;

             (2) Is aware of facts which would lead a reasonable person to conclude that there is a substantial probability that the source of the contribution solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national; or

             (3) Is aware of facts which would lead a reasonable person to inquire whether the source of the contribution solicited, accepted or received is a foreign national, but failed to conduct a reasonable inquiry.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2104; A 2013, 1357, 2405)

      NRS 294A.330  Use of term “reelect” in campaign.  A person shall not use the term “reelect” in any material, statement or publication supporting the election of a candidate unless the candidate:

      1.  Was elected to the identical office with the same district number, if any, in the most recent election to fill that office; and

      2.  Is serving and has served continuously in that office from the beginning of the term to which the candidate was elected.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 961)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 294A.057)

      NRS 294A.340  Creating implication that candidate is incumbent.  A person shall not use the name of a candidate in a way that implies that the candidate is the incumbent in office in any material, statement or publication supporting the election of a candidate unless:

      1.  The candidate is qualified to use the term “reelect” pursuant to NRS 294A.330; or

      2.  The candidate:

      (a) Was appointed to the identical office with the same district number, if any, after the most recent election to fill that office; and

      (b) Is serving and has served continuously in that office since the date of appointment.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 961)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 294A.058)

      NRS 294A.341  Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Identification of person or entity requesting or paying for poll required.

      1.  If a candidate, political party, committee sponsored by a political party or committee for political action requests or compensates a person to:

      (a) Conduct or cause to be conducted a persuasive poll by telephone concerning a candidate; or

      (b) Produce automated or computerized messages by telephone to conduct a persuasive poll concerning a candidate,

Ê the person conducting the poll shall, at the end of the poll, disclose the name and telephone number of the candidate, political party, committee sponsored by a political party or committee for political action that requested or compensated the person for the poll.

      2.  As used in this section, “persuasive poll” means the canvassing of persons, by means other than an established method of scientific sampling, by asking questions or offering information concerning a candidate which is designed to provide information that is negative or derogatory about the candidate or the candidate’s family. The term does not include a poll that is conducted only to measure the public’s opinion about or reaction to an issue, fact or theme.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1727)

      NRS 294A.342  Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Reporting of alleged violations; institution of court proceedings.  If it appears to a county clerk, city clerk or registrar of voters that the provisions of NRS 294A.341 have been violated, he or she shall report the alleged violation, in writing, to the Secretary of State. Upon receiving such a written report or if it otherwise appears to the Secretary of State that the provisions of NRS 294A.341 have been violated, the Secretary of State shall report the alleged violation to the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall cause appropriate proceedings to be instituted and prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction without delay.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1727)

      NRS 294A.343  Persuasive poll concerning candidate: Penalty for violation.  Any person who knowingly violates the provisions of NRS 294A.341 is liable, in addition to any other penalty or remedy that may be provided by law, to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each offense, which may be recovered by civil action on complaint of the Attorney General. All money collected as civil penalties pursuant to the provisions of this section must be deposited in the State General Fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1727)

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

      NRS 294A.347  Statements which expressly advocate election or defeat of clearly identified candidate required to disclose certain information under certain circumstances.

      1.  A statement which:

      (a) Is published within 60 days before a general election or special election or 30 days before a primary election;

      (b) Expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate for a state or local office; and

      (c) Is published by a person who receives compensation from the candidate, an opponent of the candidate or a person, political party or committee for political action,

Ê must contain a disclosure of the fact that the person receives compensation pursuant to paragraph (c) and the name of the person, political party or committee for political action providing that compensation.

      2.  A statement which:

      (a) Is published by a candidate within 60 days before a general election or special election or 30 days before a primary election; and

      (b) Contains the name of the candidate,

Ê shall be deemed to comply with the provisions of this section.

      3.  As used in this section, “publish” means the act of:

      (a) Printing, posting, broadcasting, mailing or otherwise disseminating; or

      (b) Causing to be printed, posted, broadcasted, mailed or otherwise disseminated.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 2739; A 2011, 2118, 3303; 2013, 1358, 2407)

      NRS 294A.348  Disclosures and statements required on certain public political advertising and Internet communication.

      1.  A person, committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party that expends more than $100 for the purpose of financing a communication through any television or radio broadcast, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, mailing or any other type of general public political advertising that:

      (a) Advocates expressly the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or group of candidates; or

      (b) Solicits a contribution through any television or radio broadcast, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, mailing or any other type of general public political advertising,

Ê shall disclose on the communication the name of the person, committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party that paid for the communication.

      2.  If a communication described in subsection 1 is approved by a candidate, in addition to the requirements of subsection 1, the communication must state that the candidate approved the communication and disclose the street address, telephone number and Internet address, if any, of the person, committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party that paid for the communication.

      3.  A person, committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party that has an Internet website available for viewing by the general public or that sends out an electronic mailing to more than 500 people that:

      (a) Advocates expressly the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or group of candidates; or

      (b) Solicits a contribution through any television or radio broadcast, newspaper, magazine, outdoor advertising facility, mailing or any other type of general public political advertising,

Ê shall disclose on the Internet website or electronic mailing, as applicable, the name of the person, committee for political action, political party or committee sponsored by a political party.

      4.  The disclosures and statements required pursuant to this section must be clear and conspicuous, and easy to read or hear, as applicable.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 3287)

      NRS 294A.350  Filing of reports required despite ending campaign or experiencing certain other circumstances; filing of reports simultaneously upon ending campaign; applicability.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, every candidate for office shall file the reports required by NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128, 294A.200 and 294A.286, even though the candidate:

      (a) Withdraws his or her candidacy pursuant to NRS 293.202 or 293C.195;

      (b) Ends his or her campaign without withdrawing his or her candidacy pursuant to NRS 293.202 or 293C.195;

      (c) Receives no contributions;

      (d) Has no campaign expenses;

      (e) Is not opposed in the election by another candidate;

      (f) Is defeated in the primary election;

      (g) Is removed from the ballot by court order; or

      (h) Is the subject of a petition to recall and the special election is not held.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, a candidate described in paragraph (a), (b), (f) or (g) of subsection 1 may simultaneously file all the reports required by NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128, 294A.200 and 294A.286 that are due after the candidate disposes of any unspent or excess contributions as provided in subsections 4 and 5 of NRS 294A.160, as applicable, if the candidate gives written notice to the Secretary of State, on the form prescribed by the Secretary of State, that the candidate is ending his or her campaign and will not accept any additional contributions. If the candidate has submitted a withdrawal of candidacy pursuant to NRS 293.202 or 293C.195 to an officer other than the Secretary of State, the candidate must enclose with the notice a copy of the withdrawal of candidacy. A form submitted to the Secretary of State pursuant to this subsection must be signed by the candidate under an oath to God or penalty of perjury. A candidate who signs the form under an oath to God is subject to the same penalties as if the candidate had signed the form under penalty of perjury.

      3.  This section does not exempt a person whose name appears on the ballot and who is elected to office from any reporting requirement of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1363; A 1985, 1111; 1997, 766; 1999, 3560; 2005, 2298; 2007, 3369; 2011, 3303; 2013, 1359, 2407, 3834)

      NRS 294A.360  Time when candidate for city office must file reports.  Repealed. (See chapters 287 and 425, Statutes of Nevada 2013, at pages 1366 and 2415.)

 

      NRS 294A.362  Candidate to report contributions in form of goods and services provided in kind; period covered; form; manner of filing.

      1.  In addition to reporting information pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128 and 294A.200, each candidate who is required to file a report pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128 or 294A.200 shall report on the form designed and made available by the Secretary of State pursuant to NRS 294A.373 goods and services provided in kind for which money would otherwise have been paid. The candidate shall list on the form:

      (a) Each such contribution in excess of $100 received during the reporting period;

      (b) Each such contribution from a contributor received during the reporting period which cumulatively exceeds $100;

      (c) Each such campaign expense in excess of $100 incurred during the reporting period;

      (d) The total of all such contributions received during the reporting period which are $100 or less and which are not otherwise required to be reported pursuant to paragraph (b); and

      (e) The total of all such campaign expenses incurred during the reporting period which are $100 or less.

      2.  The Secretary of State shall not require a candidate to list the contributions and campaign expenses described in this section on any form other than the form designed and made available by the Secretary of State pursuant to NRS 294A.373.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.3733, the report required by subsection 1 must be filed in the same manner and at the same time as the report filed pursuant to NRS 294A.120, 294A.125, 294A.128 or 294A.200.

      (Added to NRS by 2001 Special Session, 166; A 2003, 3015; 2005, 2300; 2011, 1722; 2013, 1359, 2407)

      NRS 294A.365  Categorization of expenditures and expenses in reports required; categories for use in reports.

      1.  Each report required pursuant to NRS 294A.210, 294A.220 and 294A.280 must consist of a list of each expenditure in excess of $100 or $1,000, as is appropriate, that was made during the periods for reporting. Each report required pursuant to NRS 294A.125 and 294A.200 must consist of a list of each campaign expense in excess of $100 that was incurred during the periods for reporting. The list in each report must state the category and amount of the campaign expense or expenditure and the date on which the campaign expense was incurred or the expenditure was made.

      2.  The categories of campaign expense or expenditure for use on the report of campaign expenses or expenditures are:

      (a) Office expenses;

      (b) Expenses related to volunteers;

      (c) Expenses related to travel;

      (d) Expenses related to advertising;

      (e) Expenses related to paid staff;

      (f) Expenses related to consultants;

      (g) Expenses related to polling;

      (h) Expenses related to special events;

      (i) Expenses related to a legal defense fund;

      (j) Except as otherwise provided in NRS 294A.362, goods and services provided in kind for which money would otherwise have been paid;

      (k) Contributions made to another candidate, a nonprofit corporation that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.225, a committee for political action that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.230 or a committee for the recall of a public officer that is registered or required to be registered pursuant to NRS 294A.250;

      (l) Fees for filing declarations of candidacy or acceptances of candidacy;

      (m) Repayments or forgiveness of loans;

      (n) The disposal of unspent contributions pursuant to NRS 294A.160; and

      (o) Other miscellaneous expenses.

      3.  Each report of campaign expenses or expenditures described in subsection 1 must list the disposition of any unspent contributions using the categories set forth in subsection 3 of NRS 294A.160 or subsection 3 of NRS 294A.286, as applicable.

      (Added to NRS by 1999, 2552; A 2001 Special Session, 170; 2003, 3016; 2007, 2539; 2011, 2120, 3304; 2013, 1360, 2408, 3813)

      NRS 294A.370  Media to make certain information available.

      1.  A newspaper, radio broadcasting station, outdoor advertising company, television broadcasting station, direct mail advertising company, printer or other person or group of persons which accepts, broadcasts, disseminates, prints or publishes:

      (a) Advertising for or against any candidate or a group of such candidates;

      (b) Political advertising for any person other than a candidate; or

      (c) Advertising for the passage or defeat of a question or group of questions on the ballot,

Ê shall, during the period beginning at least 10 days before each primary election or general election and ending at least 30 days after the election, make available for inspection information setting forth the cost of all such advertisements accepted and broadcast, disseminated or published. The person or entity shall make the information available at any reasonable time and not later than 3 days after it has received a request for such information.

      2.  For purposes of this section, the necessary cost information is made available if a copy of each bill, receipt or other evidence of payment made out for any such advertising is kept in a record or file, separate from the other business records of the enterprise and arranged alphabetically by name of the candidate or the person or group which requested the advertisement, at the principal place of business of the enterprise.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1484; A 1977, 1371; 1983, 1374; 1987, 363, 1142; 2003, 1712; 2013, 1361, 2409)

      NRS 294A.373  Forms for required reports: Design by Secretary of State; limitation; copies or access through secure website; signature requirements.

      1.  Any report required pursuant to this chapter must be completed on the form designed and made available by the Secretary of State pursuant to this section.

      2.  The Secretary of State shall design forms to be used for all reports that are required to be filed pursuant to this chapter.

      3.  The forms designed by the Secretary of State pursuant to this section must only request information specifically required by statute.

      4.  The Secretary of State shall make available to each candidate, person, committee or political party that is required to file a report pursuant to this chapter:

      (a) If the candidate, person, committee or political party has submitted an affidavit to the Secretary of State pursuant to NRS 294A.3733 or 294A.3737, as applicable, a copy of the form; or

      (b) If the candidate, person, committee or political party is required to submit the report electronically to the Secretary of State, access through a secure website to the form.

      5.  A report filed pursuant to this chapter must be signed under an oath to God or penalty of perjury. If the candidate, person, committee or political party is required to submit electronically a report described in subsection 1, the form must be signed electronically under an oath to God or penalty of perjury. A person who signs the report or form under an oath to God is subject to the same penalties as if the person had signed the form under penalty of perjury.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 2995; A 2005, 2300; 2007, 978, 2540, 3370; 2011, 1723, 2120, 3304; 2013, 1361, 2409, 3834)

      NRS 294A.3733  Candidate not required to file reports electronically in certain circumstances.

      1.  A candidate who is required to file a report pursuant to this chapter is not required to file the report electronically if the candidate:

      (a) Did not receive or expend money in excess of $10,000 after becoming a candidate pursuant to NRS 294A.005; and

      (b) Has on file with the Secretary of State an affidavit which satisfies the requirements set forth in subsection 2 and which states that:

             (1) The candidate does not own or have the ability to access the technology necessary to file electronically the report; and

             (2) The candidate does not have the financial ability to purchase or obtain access to the technology necessary to file electronically the report.

      2.  The affidavit described in subsection 1 must be:

      (a) In the form prescribed by the Secretary of State and signed under an oath to God or penalty of perjury. A candidate who signs the affidavit under an oath to God is subject to the same penalties as if the candidate had signed the affidavit under penalty of perjury.

      (b) Filed not later than 15 days before the candidate is required to file a report pursuant to this chapter.

      3.  A candidate who is not required to file the report electronically may file the report by transmitting the report by regular mail, certified mail, facsimile machine or personal delivery. A report transmitted pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be filed on the date on which it is received by the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1698; A 2013, 1362, 2410)

      NRS 294A.3737  Certain persons, committees or political parties not required to file reports electronically in certain circumstances.

      1.  A person, committee or political party that is required to file a report pursuant to this chapter is not required to file the report electronically if the person, committee or political party:

      (a) Did not receive contributions or expend money in excess of $10,000 in the previous calendar year; and

      (b) Has on file with the Secretary of State an affidavit which satisfies the requirements set forth in subsection 2 and which states that:

             (1) The person, committee or political party does not own or have the ability to access the technology necessary to file electronically the report; and

             (2) The person, committee or political party does not have the financial ability to purchase or obtain access to the technology necessary to file electronically the report.

      2.  The affidavit described in subsection 1 must be:

      (a) In the form prescribed by the Secretary of State and signed under an oath to God or penalty of perjury. A person who signs the affidavit under an oath to God is subject to the same penalties as if the person had signed the affidavit under penalty of perjury.

      (b) Filed:

             (1) At least 15 days before any report is required to be filed pursuant to this chapter by the person, committee or political party.

             (2) Not earlier than January 1 and not later than January 15 of each year, regardless of whether or not the person, committee or political party was required to file any report pursuant to this chapter in the previous year.

      3.  A person, committee or political party that has properly filed the affidavit pursuant to this section may file the relevant report with the Secretary of State by transmitting the report by regular mail, certified mail, facsimile machine or personal delivery. A report transmitted pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed to be filed on the date on which it is received by the Secretary of State.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 1698; A 2013, 1362, 2410)

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT

      NRS 294A.380  Powers of Secretary of State; administering provisions governing committees for political action; regulations.

      1.  The Secretary of State may adopt and promulgate regulations, prescribe forms in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and take such other actions as are necessary for the implementation and effective administration of the provisions of this chapter.

      2.  For the purposes of implementing and administering the provisions of this chapter regulating committees for political action:

      (a) The Secretary of State shall, in determining whether an entity or group is a committee for political action, consider a group’s or entity’s division or separation into units, sections or smaller groups only if it appears that such division or separation was for a purpose other than for avoiding the reporting requirements of this chapter.

      (b) The Secretary of State shall, in determining whether an entity or group is a committee for political action, disregard any action taken by a group or entity that would otherwise constitute a committee for political action if it appears such action is taken for the purpose of avoiding the reporting requirements of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 592; A 1999, 2561; 2001, 1430)

      NRS 294A.382  Secretary of State prohibited from requesting or requiring listing of certain small expenditures or campaign expenses.  The Secretary of State shall not request or require a candidate, person, committee or political party to list each of the expenditures or campaign expenses of $100 or less on a form designed and made available pursuant to NRS 294A.373.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1726; A 2003, 20th Special Session, 262; 2007, 979; 2011, 1723, 2121, 3305)

      NRS 294A.390  Distribution of forms and regulations.  The officer from whom a candidate or entity requests a form for:

      1.  A declaration of candidacy;

      2.  An acceptance of candidacy;

      3.  The registration of a nonprofit corporation pursuant to NRS 294A.225, a committee for political action pursuant to NRS 294A.230 or a committee for the recall of a public officer pursuant to NRS 294A.250; or

      4.  The reporting of the creation of a legal defense fund pursuant to NRS 294A.286,

Ê shall furnish the candidate or entity with the necessary forms for reporting and copies of the regulations adopted by the Secretary of State pursuant to this chapter. An explanation of the applicable provisions of NRS 294A.100, 294A.120, 294A.128, 294A.140, 294A.150, 294A.200, 294A.210, 294A.220, 294A.270 or 294A.280 relating to the making, accepting or reporting of contributions, campaign expenses or expenditures and the penalties for a violation of those provisions as set forth in NRS 294A.100 or 294A.420, and an explanation of NRS 294A.286 and 294A.287 relating to the accepting or reporting of contributions received by and expenditures made from a legal defense fund and the penalties for a violation of those provisions as set forth in NRS 294A.287 and 294A.420, must be developed by the Secretary of State and provided upon request. The candidate or entity shall acknowledge receipt of the material.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1363; A 1983, 1375; 1985, 1112; 1987, 1374; 1991, 1399; 1997, 252, 3472; 1999, 679; 2003, 3017; 2005, 2300; 2007, 979, 2540, 3370; 2011, 1724, 2121, 3305; 2013, 1363, 2411, 3835)

      NRS 294A.400  Compilation by Secretary of State of reported information; public inspection.  Based on the reports received pursuant to this chapter, the Secretary of State shall, not later than February 15 of each odd-numbered year, prepare and make available for public inspection a compilation of:

      1.  The following totals for each candidate from whom reports of contributions and campaign expenses are required pursuant to this chapter:

      (a) The total amount of monetary contributions to the candidate;

      (b) The total amount of goods and services provided to the candidate in kind for which money would otherwise have been paid;

      (c) The total amount of loans guaranteed by a third party and forgiveness of any loans previously made to the candidate;

      (d) The total amount committed to the candidate via written commitments for contributions; and

      (e) The total amount of campaign expenses.

      2.  The following totals for each person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation from which reports of contributions and campaign expenses are required pursuant to this chapter:

      (a) The total amount of monetary contributions to the person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation;

      (b) The total amount of goods and services provided to the person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation in kind for which money would otherwise have been paid; and

      (c) The total amount of independent expenditures or other expenditures, as applicable, made by the person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation.

      3.  The following totals for each committee for political action for which reports of contributions and expenditures are required pursuant to this chapter:

      (a) The total amount of monetary contributions to the committee for political action;

      (b) The total amount of goods and services provided to the committee for political action in kind for which money would otherwise have been paid; and

      (c) The total amount of expenditures made by the committee for political action.

      4.  The contributions made to and expenditures from a committee for the recall of a public officer in excess of $100.

      5.  The total contributions received by and expenditures made from a legal defense fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 592; A 1977, 1365; 1979, 489; 1983, 1375; 1987, 1142; 1989, 1070; 1991, 1399; 1997, 253; 2005, 2301; 2007, 979, 2541, 3371; 2011, 1724, 2121, 3305; 2013, 1363, 2411, 3835)

      NRS 294A.410  Enforcement of chapter: Reporting of alleged violations; institution of court proceedings; notice of alleged violation; investigation; order compelling compliance with subpoena.

      1.  If it appears that the provisions of this chapter have been violated, the Secretary of State may:

      (a) Conduct an investigation concerning the alleged violation and cause the appropriate proceedings to be instituted and prosecuted in the First Judicial District Court; or

      (b) Refer the alleged violation to the Attorney General. The Attorney General shall investigate the alleged violation and institute and prosecute the appropriate proceedings in the First Judicial District Court without delay.

      2.  A person who believes that any provision of this chapter has been violated may notify the Secretary of State, in writing, of the alleged violation. The notice must be signed by the person alleging the violation and include:

      (a) The full name and address of the person alleging the violation;

      (b) A clear and concise statement of facts sufficient to establish that the alleged violation occurred;

      (c) Any evidence substantiating the alleged violation;

      (d) A certification by the person alleging the violation that the facts alleged in the notice are true to the best knowledge and belief of that person; and

      (e) Any other information in support of the alleged violation.

      3.  As soon as practicable after receiving a notice of an alleged violation pursuant to subsection 2, the Secretary of State shall provide a copy of the notice and any accompanying information to the person, if any, alleged in the notice to have committed the violation. Any response submitted to the notice must be accompanied by a short statement of the grounds, if any, for objecting to the alleged violation and include any evidence substantiating the objection.

      4.  If the Secretary of State determines, based on a notice of an alleged violation received pursuant to subsection 2, that reasonable suspicion exists that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Secretary of State may conduct an investigation of the alleged violation.

      5.  If a notice of an alleged violation is received pursuant to subsection 2 not later than 180 days after the general election or special election for the office or ballot question to which the notice pertains, the Secretary of State, when conducting an investigation of the alleged violation pursuant to subsection 4, may subpoena witnesses and require the production by subpoena of any books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, agreements or other documents or records that the Secretary of State or a designated officer or employee of the Secretary of State determines are relevant or material to the investigation and are in the possession of:

      (a) Any person alleged in the notice to have committed the violation; or

      (b) If the notice does not include the name of a person alleged to have committed the violation, any person who the Secretary of State or a designated officer or employee of the Secretary of State has reasonable cause to believe produced or disseminated the materials that are the subject of the notice.

      6.  If a person fails to testify or produce any documents or records in accordance with a subpoena issued pursuant to subsection 5, the Secretary of State or designated officer or employee may apply to the court for an order compelling compliance. A request for an order of compliance may be addressed to:

      (a) The district court in and for the county where service may be obtained on the person refusing to testify or produce the documents or records, if the person is subject to service of process in this State; or

      (b) A court of another state having jurisdiction over the person refusing to testify or produce the documents or records, if the person is not subject to service of process in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 592; A 1975, 1486; 1977, 1365, 1372; 1983, 1375; 1987, 697; 1989, 1062, 2142; 1991, 1400, 1924; 1995, 1516; 1997, 253; 2005, 2278; 2011, 1695; 2013, 1364, 2413)

      NRS 294A.420  Enforcement of chapter: Institution of court proceedings; civil penalty; limitation and waiver of civil penalty; remedies and penalties are cumulative.

      1.  If the Secretary of State receives information that a candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation that is subject to the provisions of NRS 294A.120, 294A.128, 294A.140, 294A.150, 294A.200, 294A.210, 294A.220, 294A.230, 294A.250, 294A.270, 294A.280 or 294A.286 has not filed a report or form for registration pursuant to the applicable provisions of those sections, the Secretary of State may, after giving notice to that candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation, cause the appropriate proceedings to be instituted in the First Judicial District Court.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation that violates an applicable provision of this chapter is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 for each violation and payment of court costs and attorney’s fees. The civil penalty must be recovered in a civil action brought in the name of the State of Nevada by the Secretary of State in the First Judicial District Court and deposited by the Secretary of State for credit to the State General Fund in the bank designated by the State Treasurer.

      3.  If a civil penalty is imposed because a candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation has reported its contributions, campaign expenses, independent expenditures or other expenditures after the date the report is due, except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the amount of the civil penalty is:

      (a) If the report is not more than 7 days late, $25 for each day the report is late.

      (b) If the report is more than 7 days late but not more than 15 days late, $50 for each day the report is late.

      (c) If the report is more than 15 days late, $100 for each day the report is late.

Ê A civil penalty imposed pursuant to this subsection against a public officer who by law is not entitled to receive compensation for his or her office or a candidate for such an office must not exceed a total of $100 if the public officer or candidate received no contributions and made no expenditures during the relevant reporting periods.

      4.  For good cause shown, the Secretary of State may waive a civil penalty that would otherwise be imposed pursuant to this section.

      5.  When considering whether to waive, pursuant to subsection 4, a civil penalty that would otherwise be imposed pursuant to subsection 3, the Secretary of State may consider, without limitation:

      (a) The seriousness of the violation, including, without limitation, the nature, circumstances and extent of the violation;

      (b) Any history of violations committed by the candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation against whom the civil penalty would otherwise be imposed;

      (c) Any mitigating factor, including, without limitation, whether the candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation against whom the civil penalty would otherwise be imposed reported the violation, corrected the violation in a timely manner, attempted to correct the violation or cooperated with the Secretary of State in resolving the situation that led to the violation;

      (d) Whether the violation was inadvertent;

      (e) Any knowledge or experience the candidate, person, committee, political party or nonprofit corporation has with the provisions of this chapter; and

      (f) Any other factor that the Secretary of State deems to be relevant.

      6.  If the Secretary of State waives a civil penalty pursuant to subsection 4, the Secretary of State shall:

      (a) Create a record which sets forth that the civil penalty has been waived and describes the circumstances that constitute the good cause shown; and

      (b) Ensure that the record created pursuant to paragraph (a) is available for review by the general public.

      7.  The remedies and penalties provided by this chapter are cumulative, do not abrogate and are in addition to any other remedies and penalties that may exist at law or in equity, including, without limitation, any criminal penalty that may be imposed pursuant to this chapter or NRS 199.120, 199.145 or 239.330.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 236; A 1999, 2749; 2001, 1430, 2924, 2931; 2003, 1712, 3017; 2005, 2301; 2007, 980, 2542, 2739, 3371; 2011, 2122, 3306; 2013, 1365, 1467, 2414, 3836)