Rule 1-02 Definitions
"Act" means the New York City Campaign Finance Act, codified in Chapter 7 of Title 3 of the Code (§3-701, et seq.).
"Advance" means a payment for goods or services on behalf of a campaign made with the expectation that the payment will be reimbursed by the campaign. An advance is considered to be an in-kind contribution from the person making the advance until it has been reimbursed by the campaign, and a campaign may not accept an advance from a prohibited source.
"Authorized committee" means an authorized committee as defined in the Act. Except as otherwise specified, the requirements of these Rules do not apply to committees that are not involved in an election in which the candidate is a participant, limited participant or non-participant as defined in these Rules. An authorized committee is "not involved in an election in which the candidate is a participant, limited participant or non-participant as defined in these Rules" only if the committee does not, at any time, accept contributions, loans, or other receipts, or make expenditures, including expenditures of surplus funds, in that election, or aid or otherwise take part in that election.
"Candidate" means a candidate as defined in New York Election Law Article 14. Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, a "candidate" includes every authorized committee of the candidate, the treasurer of each such committee, and any other agent of the candidate.
"Election cycle" means the period beginning on the first January 12 following the most recent general election for the specific office to which a candidate is seeking nomination or election and ending on the first January 11 following the next general election for that office.
"Fundraising agent" means any of the following persons or entities that have accepted or may accept contributions on behalf of the candidate: (1) paid or volunteer full-time campaign workers; or (2) commercial fundraising firms retained by the candidate and the agents thereof.
"In-kind contribution" (a) "In-kind contribution" means: (1) a gift, subscription, loan, advance of, or payment for, any thing of value (other than money) made to or for any candidate or authorized committee; and (2) the payment by any person other than an authorized committee of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to the candidate or authorized committee without charge.
(b) "In-kind contribution" does not include personal services provided without compensation by individuals volunteering a portion or all of their time on behalf of a candidate or authorized committee.
"Multicandidate committee" means a political committee authorized to support more than one candidate, and includes any committee subject to §14-114(4) of the New York Election Law and any party or constituted committee.
"Participant" means a candidate for nomination or election to the office of mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, or member of the City Council who has chosen to join the Program for an election by filing a written certification pursuant to §3-703(1)(c) of the Code. "Limited participant" means a candidate who has chosen to join the Program for an election by filing a written certification pursuant to §3-718(1)(iii) of the Code. "Non-participant" means a candidate for such office who has not filed either certification. Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, a "participant" includes the candidate, the principal committee authorized by the candidate pursuant to §3-703(1)(e) of the Code, the treasurer of such committee, and any other agent of the candidate. Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, a "limited participant" includes the candidate, the principal committee authorized by the candidate pursuant to §3-718(1)(iv) of the Code, the treasurer of such committee, and any other agent of the candidate. Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, a "non-participant" includes the candidate, every political committee authorized by the candidate for the covered election, the treasurer of each such committee, and any other agent of the candidate.
"Receipts" include monetary and in-kind contributions, loans, and any other payment received by a candidate. "Other receipts" are payments that are not contributions or loans, such as interest, dividends, expenditure refunds, proceeds from sales or leases of assets, and any other sources of income.
"Transfer" means any exchange of funds or any other thing of value between political committees, other than multicandidate committees, authorized by the same candidate pursuant to §14-112 of the New York Election Law. In Rule 2-06 the term "transfer" refers to funds exchanged between different bank or other depository accounts.