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.

"Board" means the Campaign Finance Board established pursuant to §3-708 of the Code.

"Business dealings with the city " means business dealings with the city as defined in the Act.

"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.

"Certification" means the certification filed by participants or limited participants to indicate that they have chosen to join the Program.

"Charter" means the New York City Charter.

"Code" means the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

"Contribution" means a contribution as defined in the Act.

"Disclosure statement" means the campaign finance disclosure statement filed with the Board under Chapter 3 of these rules.

"Doing business database " means the doing business database as defined in the Act.

"Domestic partner" means a domestic partner as defined in §1-112(21) of the Code.

"Election" means any primary, runoff primary, special, runoff special, or general election for nomination or election.

"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.

"Entity" means any organization of one or more individuals, and includes any parent, subsidiary, branch, division, department, or local unit thereof.

"Federal form" means a report of receipts and disbursements required to be filed by a candidate or political committee with the Federal Election Commission.

"Fund" means the New York City Election Campaign Finance Fund established by the Act.

"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.

"Intermediary" means an intermediary as defined in the Act.

"Labor organization " means a labor organization as defined in the Act.

"Matchable contribution" means a matchable contribution as defined in the Act.

"“Mobile fundraising vendor” means any persons or entities that provided services to a campaign related to the processing or receipt of any text message contribution.

"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.

"On the ballot" means on the ballot as defined by §1-104 of the New York State Election Law.

"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.

"Political committee" means a political committee as defined in the Act.

"Principal committee" means the principal committee as defined in the Act.

"Program" means the New York City Campaign Finance Program established by the Act.

"Public funds" means monies disbursed from the Fund.

"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.

"“Registered user” means the individual registered with the wireless carrier to use the specific mobile device from which a contribution made via text message was initiated.

"Reporting period" means a time period covered by a disclosure statement, as described in Rule 3-03.

"Rule" means a rule issued by the Board. The phrase "these Rules" means any and all rules adopted by the Board.

"State form" means a statement of campaign receipts and expenditures required to be filed by a candidate or political committee with the New York State or City Board of Elections.

"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.

"Treasurer" means the treasurer of any authorized committee involved in a covered election, except as otherwise provided in these Rules.

"Unspent campaign funds" means the amount a participant may be required to repay to the Board pursuant to § 3-710(2)(c) of the Code.

Text message contribution” means a text message contribution as defined in the Act.