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By Amanda Zoch

How much can an individual donate to a state candidate in Illinois? How much money can a PAC contribute to a candidate in Arizona? What about a union contributing to a candidate in Utah or a corporation contributing to a candidate in Connecticut?

House built with moneyAnswers: $5,800; $5,200; unlimited; prohibited.

Campaign contribution limits to candidates can change each year, and they vary by state, office and contributor. As we head into what will undoubtedly be a lively 2019-2020 election cycle, it is essential for candidates, campaign staff and contributors to be aware of these numbers.

Have no fear, though, NCSL is here to help legislators and legislative staff navigate the occasionally confusing realm of campaign finance policy.

Online Resources

We provide myriad online resources for anyone who wants to know more about contribution limits in their state. A good first stop is our “State Limits on Contributions to Candidates” pdf, which details how much individuals, state parties, corporations, PACs and unions in each state can donate to a candidate during the 2019-2020 election cycle.

Want to know more about upcoming legislation on contribution limits or any other aspect of campaign finance? Check out our easy to use Campaign Finance Legislation Database.

New to contribution limits or in need of a refresher? Head over to our Campaign Contribution Limits Overview page for a concise review of the central issues, as well as links to even more resources.

Capitol Forum

And if you’d rather learn in person, we hope you will join us at NCSL’s 2019 Capitol Forum in sunny Phoenix, from Dec. 10-12!

NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team has been working hard to bring you a strong lineup of sessions.

In addition to opportunities to learn about timely issues such as the census and redistricting, we have two sessions specifically addressing campaign finance issues. In the first, “Modernizing Campaign Finance Law,” experts will cover the current state of contribution limits, disclosure requirements and freedom of speech. “What’s Up With Digital Campaign Ads?”—the second campaign finance-related session and a breakfast—will focus on the ever-growing area of digital campaign ads.

Find descriptions for these sessions, and more, on the Forum agenda.

Amanda Zoch is a policy specialist and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow in NCSL's Elections Program.

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