(a) No person may act as a professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor for a charitable organization subject to the provisions of this article unless he or she has first registered with the Secretary of State. Applications for the registration shall be in writing under oath or affirmation in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State and contain the information he or she requires. The application for registration by professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor shall be accompanied by an annual fee in the sum of $100. A partnership or corporation, which is a professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor, may register for and pay a single fee on behalf of all its members, officers, agents and employees. However, the names and addresses of all officers, agents and employees of professional fund-raising counsel and all professional solicitors, their officers, agents, servants or employees employed to work under the direction of a professional solicitor shall be listed in the application. All fees and moneys collected by the Secretary of State pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be deposited by the Secretary of State as follows: One-half shall be deposited in the state General Revenue Fund and one-half shall be deposited in the service fees and collections account established by section two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code for the operation of the office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall dedicate sufficient resources from that fund or other funds to provide the services required in this article.
(b) The applicant shall, at the time of the making of an application, file with and have approved by the Secretary of State a bond in which the applicant shall be the principal obligor in the sum of $10,000 and which shall have one or more sureties satisfactory to the Secretary of State whose liability in the aggregate as such sureties will at least equal the said sum and maintain the bond in effect so long as a registration is in effect. The bond shall run to the state for the use of the Secretary of State and any person who may have a cause of action against the obligor of the bonds for any losses resulting from malfeasance, nonfeasance or misfeasance in the conduct of solicitation activities. A partnership or corporation which is a professional fund-raising counsel or professional solicitor may file a consolidated bond on behalf of all its members, officers and employees.
(c) Each registration is valid throughout the state for a period of one year and may be renewed for additional one-year periods upon written application under oath in the form prescribed by the Secretary of State and the payment of the fee prescribed in this section.
(d) The Secretary of State or his or her designee shall examine each application and if he or she finds it to be in conformity with the requirements of this article and all relevant rules and the registrant has complied with the requirements of this article and all relevant rules, he or she shall approve the registration.