Federal Campaign Contributions

The GOP has yet to announce its official nominee for the 2012 Presidential election, but campaigning on all fronts is in full swing.  Campaigning is expensive, and candidates use a lot of their time raising money to pay for mailers, advertisements, lawn signs, and even automated phone calls with recorded messages. Like state and local elections, Federal campaigns – those for President and Vice President, U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives -have their own set of laws and limitations regarding campaign finance.

According to the Federal Election Commission’s website, an individual may make the following contributions:

  • $2,500 per election to a Federal candidate or their campaign committee, noting that the primary and general elections are considered separate elections.
  • $5,000 per calendar year to a Political Action Committee, (PAC).
  • $10,000 per calendar year to a State or local party committee – like the Arizona Democratic Party and the Arizona Republican Party.
  • $30,800 per calendar year to a national party committee
  • $117,000 total contributions to Federal candidates and Federal political committees within two years.

There are some limits within the limitations, so those who intend to contribute a lot this election season should consult with an attorney or accountant, and be sure to keep track of every contribution whether monetary or an in-kind donation such a printing services.

For more information visit the FEC website at http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/citizens.shtml.

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