Prohibited Donors

Last updated Dec. 6, 2011

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Cash Contributions

  • 31 states limit
  • Most set the limit at $100
  • Some states set the limit as low as $25


Contributions by Minors

  • Restricted in at least 19 states
  • Most states treat contributions by minors as contributions from the child's parent/guardian
  • A few states have separate contribution limits for minors, ranging from $25 - $100
  • Ohio prohibits contributions by any person under the age of seven


Contributions by Lobbyists




A lobbyist cannot contribute to a candidate for legislature while lobbyist is subject to registration requirements and for one year after, except to candidate in the district where the lobbyist will be eligible to vote on the day of the election (AS §15.13.074(g))


Lobbyists may not contribute to state candidates or officeholders if registered to lobby the candidate’s or officeholder’s agency (Govt. Code §85702)


Lobbyists may not contribute to legislative candidates, nor may legislative candidates accept contributions from lobbyists (KRS §6.767 and §6.811(6))


Contributions by executive and legislative agents are limited to $200 per calendar year to an individual candidate or committee

South Carolina

A lobbyist shall not offer, solicit, facilitate, or provide contributions on behalf of any member of the General Assembly, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, any other statewide constitutional officer, any public official of any state agency (SC Code §2-17-80)


Lobbyists are prohibited from making any campaign contributions to any candidate for governor or the general assembly (Tenn. Code §3-6-304(j))

 Lobbyists are prohibited from making contributions during the legislative session in:

  • Arizona (A.R.S. §41-1234.01)
  • Colorado (C.R.S.A. § 1-45-105.5)
  • Connecticut (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 9-610(e))
  • Iowa (Iowa Code §56.15)
  • Kansas (K.S.A. § 25-4153a)
  • Louisiana (La.R.S. 24:56)
  • Maine (1 Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. §1015(3))
  • Minnesota (Minn. Stat. §10A.273)
  • North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat. §163-278.13B(c))
  • Oklahoma (21 O.S. 187.1)
  • Vermont (2 V.S.A. §266(3))
  • Wisconsin (Wis. Stats. § 13.625)


Contributions by Non-Citizens

Some states specifically prohibit contributions by non-U.S. citizens.  However, prohibitions under state law are unnecessary, as federal law prohibits contributions from foreign nationals to any federal, state or local candidate, unless the foreign national possesses a green card. (2 U.S. Code 441e)

For More Information

For more information on campaign finance reform, contact NCSL's Legislative Management Team at or 303-364-7700.