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FEC Raises Contribution Limit

March 2009

By statute, the Federal Election Commission is obligated to raise certain political contribution limits at the beginning of each election cycle in order to account for inflation. The increased 2009-2010 contribution limits for individuals are as follows:

  • $2,400 per election to federal candidates; and
  • $30,400 per calendar year to a national political party committee (RNC, DNC, NRCC, NRSC, DCCC, DSCC).

The two-year aggregate limit for individuals is now $115,500 (with a maximum of $45,600 going to federal candidates in the aggregate in 2009-2010 and a maximum of $69,900 going to all PACs and party committees combined in the same two-year cycle). Of the $69,900 sublimit, only $45,600 may go, in the aggregate, to federal PACs and state, district and local party committees in the two-year election cycle.

The individual contribution limits did not change with respect to PACs and state, district and local political party committees. These limits are as follows:

  • $5,000 per calendar year to federal PACs (unchanged); and
  • $10,000 per calendar year to the federal accounts of state, district and local party committees (combined amount) (unchanged).
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