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Campaign contributions

Lobbying expenses

  • Kentucky Legislative Branch: A searchable database of expenses incurred by lobbyists registered with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.
  • Kentucky Executive Branch: A listing of lobbyists registered with the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Expense data is not available online.
  • U.S. Government: A searchable database of expense reports by lobbyists registered with the federal government.
  • Courts and crime

  • Kentucky Court of Appeals: Search pending cases and past court opinions.
  • Kentucky Supreme Court: Search pending cases and past court opinions.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit: Search opinions issued since 1999 by the federal appeals court that serves Kentucky.
  • Lawyer records: Search disciplinary records for Kentucky attorneys and ethics opinions issued by the Kentucky Bar Association.
  • Business records

    • Doctors: Search for the license status of Kentucky doctors, physician assistants, surgical assistants, athletic trainers, and acupuncture specialists.
  • Nurses: Search for the license status of Kentucky nurses.
  • Incorporation records: A searchable database of information about businesses registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State.
  • Public companies: View documents filed by public companies with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Non-profit tax returns (free registration required): Find tax returns filed by nonprofit groups. All nonprofits must make their most recent 990 tax return available to the public.


    • Dig into databases: Track campaign contributions, lobbying expenses, court cases, business records and more.
  • Request documents: Find out how to use the Kentucky Open Records Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act to get the government documents you need.
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