FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2017-2018

Political Law Alert

The Federal Election Commission has updated federal contribution limits for the 2017-2018 election cycle.  Limits that apply to contributions from individuals to federal candidates (remaining at $2,700/election) and national party committees (now $33,900/year to a main account and $101,700/year to other accounts) are indexed for inflation.  They are updated at the beginning of each odd-numbered year.  Caplin & Drysdale has composed the chart below and attached that explains these new limits. Download this chart by clicking here.

2017-2018 Federal Contribution Limits

[1] A “super PAC” may make only independent expenditures with respect to federal elections and may not make contributions to federal candidates, parties, and traditional PACs.

[2] These are combined limits, shared with federal accounts of all other state & local committees of same party in same state.

[3] National Party Committees may contribute up to $47,400 to each U.S. Senate candidate.  The $5,000-per-election limit cited above applies to National Party Committees’ contributions to other federal candidates.

Caplin & Drysdale’s Political Law Group counsels for-profit corporations, nonprofit entities, and their principals on these and other matters relating to political law compliance. We work collaboratively with in-house personnel to craft tailored political activity policies and programs. If you have questions concerning this Alert or for more information, please contact:

Trevor Potter

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