Independent expenditures pay for communications (e.g., a billboard, advertisement, mailing, television and radio commercials) that expressly advocate the nomination, election, or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, but which is not made to, or at the behest of, a candidate.
These expenditures must be made completely "independent" of the candidate; no coordination can take place between the candidates or their campaigns and the entity that makes the independent expenditure.
The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to help ensure the public's right to know which interests are funding political campaigns. Full disclosure allows voters to make informed decisions before casting their ballots. The links below provide additional information about the impact Independent Expenditures have on elections.