How much can an individual contribute to a candidate's campaign?
Contribution Limits for 2017-2018
|To each candidate or candidate committee per election||To each PAC 1|
|Individual may give||$2,700*||$5,000|
|Authorized Campaign Committee may give||$2,000||$5,000|
|PAC (multicandidate) may give||$5,000||$5,000|
|PAC (not multicandidate) may give||$2,700||$5,000|
Multi-candidate PACs can contribute: $5,000 to each candidate or candidate committee per election. $15,000 to the national party committee per calendar year. $5,000 (combined limit) to state, district, and local party committee per calendar year.
- Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.
- PACs can contribute up to $5,000 per election to federal candidates. (And since the primary election and general election each count separately under federal rules, a PAC can actually give a maximum of $10,000 to one candidate in a typical election year.)
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Unlike super PACs, traditional PACs have a $5,000 per person cap on donations and cannot accept money from corporations or unions. On the other hand, regular PACs may contribute directly to a politician or political party, whereas super PACs are limited to spending independently of such campaigns.
- Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate their actions with candidates or campaigns. In short, they can't talk with the people they're spending money to support. Super PACs must disclose their donors and how they spend their cash to the FEC. They've become huge players in the campaign landscape.
- They can participate by expressing their opinions or passing out campaign material or volunteering for a campaign. Non-US citizens cannot vote in federal elections, however. By law, non-citizens, except for lawfully admitted permanent U.S. residents (green-card holders), cannot contribute money to a political campaign.
- Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.
$5,000 per candidate, per election, from a nonconnected committee that qualifies as a multicandidate committee. $2,700 per candidate, per election, from any other PAC.
- A. Yes. In every state and the District of Columbia, contributions from federal PACs to non-federal state candidates are permissible. Please note: regardless of the registration and reporting process, in all jurisdictions the federal PAC is subject to the contribution limits according to the law of that jurisdiction.
- $5,000 per candidate, per election, from a nonconnected committee that qualifies as a multicandidate committee. $2,700 per candidate, per election, from any other PAC.
- Contribution Limits for 2017-2018
To each candidate or candidate committee per election To each PAC 1 Individual may give $2,700* $5,000 Authorized Campaign Committee may give $2,000 $5,000 PAC (multicandidate) may give $5,000 $5,000 PAC (not multicandidate) may give $2,700 $5,000
Updated: 3rd December 2019