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Limits on Contributions to Political Parties

Limits on Contributions to Political Parties

Updated  February 5, 2008

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Just 13 states have no limits on how much can be given to political parties. Those states are:

 

Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Maine
Missouri
 

Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
Oregon
Utah
Virginia

 

Another 14 states have limits on how much corporations and labor unions may give, but do not restrict or limit contributions from other sources. Those states are:

State

Limit on Corporate/Union Contributions to Political Parties

Alabama

Corporations may give up to $500/party/election (Ala. Code §10-2A-70.1)

Arizona

Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited (ARS §16-905)

Indiana

Corporations and unions may give up to $5,000/year to state party committees, and $2,000 to other party committees (In. Code §3-9-2-4)

Iowa

Corporate contributions to parties are prohibited; union contributions are unlimited

Michigan

Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited (MCL §169.252)

Minnesota

Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited (Minn. Stat. §10A.27)

Mississippi

Corporate contributions to parties are limited to $1,000/year; union contributions are unlimited (Miss. Code 97-13-15)

Montana

Corporate contributions to parties are prohibited; union contributions are unlimited (Mont. Code 13-37-216)

North Carolina

Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited, with exceptions for certain non-profit corporations

North Dakota

Corporate and Union contributions to parties are prohibited (ND Code 16.1-08.1-03.3)

Pennsylvania

 Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited

Tennessee

Corporate contributions to parties are prohibited; union contributions are unlimited (Tenn. Code §2-10-301)

Texas

Corporate and union contributions to parties are not limited in amount, but may only be used for overhead and administrative expenses; use for candidate contributions is prohibited (Election Code §253)

Wyoming

Corporate and union contributions to parties are prohibited (Wyo. Stat. §22.25.102)

 

The remaining 23 states limit contributions to political parties from most or all sources.

 

 

Individual to State Party Contributions

PAC to Party Contributions

Corporate/Union to Party Contributions

National Party to State Party

Alaska

§15.13.070

$5,000/year cumulatively to all state and local committees of a political party

Only 10% of a party's contributions may come from non-residents

$1,000/year

Prohibited

Prohibited, if they do not comply with state limits

California

Gov. Code §85303

For 2007-2008 Election Cycle:

$30,200/year for contributions to candidates

Unlimited if given for purposes other than making contributions to candidates

 

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

$25,000/year for candidate expenditures; unlimited for non-candidate expenditures.

Candidates may contribute surplus funds to parties, if the parties use them for non-cand. expenditures, such as partisan registration and GOTV activities or slate mailers.

Colorado

§1-45-105.3

$3,175/year to all affiliates of a political party; state-level affiliate may receive no more than $2,600

Small donor committees may give no more than $15,900 per year in the aggregate to all affiliates of a political party; no more than $13,250 to the state-level affiliate per year

Prohibited

Unlimited

Connecticut

§9-333

$5,000/year to state committee

$1,000/year to town committee

Same as individual limits

Corporate contributions prohibited

Unions subject to same limits as individuals

Transfers to national and local party committees unlimited; state parties may receive transfers only from federal account of federal parties.

Delaware

§15-8011

$20,000/election period

Same as individual limit

Same as individual limit

Unlimited

Hawaii

§11-204(k)

$25,000/2-year election cycle

Same as individual limit

Same as individual limit

$50,000/2-year election cycle

Kansas

§25-4153

$15,000/year to state party

$5,000/year to other party

$5,000/year

Same as individual limits

$25,000/ year to state party, $10,000/ year to other party committee

Kentucky

§121.150(11)

$1,000/year for election activities

additional $1,500/year for administrative expenses

Same as individual limits

Corporate contributions prohibited

Unions subject to same limits as individuals

Unlimited, but may not include funds raised from corporate sources

Louisiana

§18:1481 to 1532

$100,000/four years

Same as individual limit

Same as individual limit

Unlimited

Maryland

$4,000/four years for election expenditures

Unlimited for non-election purposes

$6,000/four years for election expenditures

Unlimited for non-election purposes

Same as individual limits

$6,000/four years for election expenditures

Unlimited for non-election purposes

Massachusetts

Ch. 55, §7A

$5,000/year to all committees of a party

Same as individual limits

Corporate contributions prohibited

Unions limited to $15,000/year to all committees of a party

- prohibited for candidate-related expenditures

- unlimited for administrative, overhead or party-building activities

New Hampshire

§664:4

$5,000/primary, general or special election

Same as individual limits

Prohibited

Unlimited

New Jersey

§19:44A-11.4

$25,000/year to legislative leadership committee, state political party committee

$37,000/year to county party committee

$7,200/year to municipal party committee

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

$72,000/year to state political party committee

$37,000/year to county political party committee

$7,200/year to municipal political party committee

$25,000/year to legislative leadership committee

New York

Election Law, §14-114

$94,200/year for election purposes; unlimited for "housekeeping" accounts

Same as individual limits

Corporations limited to $5,000/year for election purposes; unlimited for "housekeeping" accounts

Unions subject to same limits as individuals

Unlimited

Ohio

§3517.102(B)

$32,010/year to state party for party's state candidate fund

Unlimited for administrative and party-building expenses

Same as individual limits

Prohibited

Unlimited

Oklahoma

Ethics Commission Rules §257:10-1-2

$5,000/year to all affiliated party committees

Same as individual limits

Corporate contributions prohibited

Unions subject to same limits as individuals

Unlimited, but must have been raised in accordance with state law

Rhode Island

§17-25-10.1

$1,000/year to party committee for candidate contributions

$10,000/year aggregate to all party committees, PACs and candidates

$10,000/year to party committee for organizational and party-building activities

Same as individual limits

Prohibited

Unlimited, but may not be spent on behalf of state candidates

South Carolina

§8-13-1322

$3,500/year

Unlimited for administrative and party-building expenses

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

South Dakota

§12-25-1.2

$3,000/year

Unlimited

Prohibited

Unlimited

Vermont

17 VSA ch. 59 §2805

$2,000/two-year election cycle

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

Same as individual limits

Contributions from parties not organized in the state cannot exceed 25% of total contributions accepted

Washington

Unlimited during the last 21 days before an election, no contributor may donate more than $5,000

$3,400/year for election expenses

Unlimited for administrative and party-building expenses except during the last 21 days before an election          (see left) 

Same as PAC limits

Same as PAC limits

West Virginia

§3-8- 12(f) to (h)

$1,000/year to state party executive committee

$1,000/year to state party legislative caucus committee

Same as individual limits

Corporate contributions prohibited

Unions subject to same limits as individuals

$50,000/year to state party executive committee

$50,000/year to state party legislative caucus committee

National funds may only be used for voter registration and GOTV activities

Wisconsin

§11.26(4)

$10,000/year to all political committees

$6,000/year

Prohibited

Unlimited

For more information on campaign finance reform, contact Jennie Drage Bowser.

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