What is an in-kind contribution?
  • An in-kind contribution is anything of value that is given to a committee that is not money.  For example, an individual or other committee may contribute cups and napkins to a committee for an event. The fair market value of those items is recorded as the amount of the contribution. 
  • In-kind contributions count toward contribution limitations and must be reported.  
  • Another common in-kind contribution is a candidate's filing fee.  If the filing fee is paid with personal funds, it is an in-kind contribution.
  • Reporting in-kind contributions can be tricky for some committees.  The in-kind donation is recorded twice - once as a contribution, and once as a disbursement.  

If a candidate purchases $400 in signs for the committee using personal funds, that amount would be recorded on two separate forms.

  1. Contributions from Individuals form (CRO-1210)
  2. In-Kind Contribution form (CRO-1510)

The reasoning behind reporting the amount as both a contribution and a disbursement is to recognize the value of the transaction even though funds did not flow through the bank.  

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1. Where can I find more information about campaign finance?
2. When do I need to file paperwork to organize my political committee?
3. Who can I appoint as my treasurer and what is required of that person?
4. I will not take any contributions for my campaign. Do I still need to open a committee?
5. What are the rules for contributions to my candidate committee?
6. If I plan to stay under the $1,000 reporting threshold, do I need to keep track of the money I receive and spend?
7. Can I keep the money I raise for the campaign in my personal bank account?
8. What is an in-kind contribution?
9. I am planning a fundraiser and will sell plates of food. Do I need to keep track of how much each person buys?