Can I Donate To A Judicial Candidate

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Voters can contribute up to $2000 per election to a judicial candidate’s committee.  You can do so by

clicking Donate under Join Us in the header of this page.

 

Kentucky Law Concerning Judicial Donations

Candidates for judicial offices in Kentucky must adhere to the state’s campaign finance laws. These laws regulate the amounts and sources of money given or received for political purposes; in addition, campaign finance laws stipulate disclosure requirements for political contributions and expenditures.

American Bar Association Concerning Judicial Donations

Rule 4.1: Political and Campaign Activities of Judges and Judicial Candidates in General

(A) Except as permitted by law,* or by Rules 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4, a judge or a judicial candidate* shall not:
(1)       act as a leader in, or hold an office in, a political organization;*
(2)       make speeches on behalf of a political organization;
(3)       publicly endorse or oppose a candidate for any public office;
(4)    solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution* to a political organization or a candidate for public office;
(5) attend or purchase tickets  for  dinners  or  other  events sponsored by a political
organization or a candidate for public office;
(6) publicly identify himself or herself as a candidate of a political organization;
(7) seek, accept, or  use  endorsements  from  a  political organization;
(8) personally solicit* or accept campaign contributions other than through a campaign committee authorized by Rule 4.4;
(9) use or permit the use of campaign contributions for the private benefit of the judge, the candidate, or others;
(10) use court staff, facilities, or other court resources in a campaign for judicial office;
(11) knowingly,* or with reckless disregard for the truth, make any false or misleading statement;
(12) make any statement that would reasonably  be  expected  to affect the outcome or impair the fairness of a matter pending* or impending* in any court; or
(13)  in connection with cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial* performance of the adjudicative duties of judicial office.
(B) A judge or judicial candidate shall take  reasonable  measures  to ensure that other persons do not undertake, on behalf of the judge or judicial candidate, any activities prohibited under paragraph (A). candidate, any activities prohibited under paragraph (A).