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FEC Updates Contribution Limits for 2015-2016

February 3, 2015

The Federal Election Commission indicated in a Federal Register published on February 3, 2015 that it has updated federal contribution limits for the 2015-2016 election cycle. Limits that apply to contributions from individuals to federal candidates (now $2,700/election) and national party committees (now $33,400/year) are indexed for inflation. They are updated at the beginning of each odd-numbered year. Caplin & Drysdale has composed the chart below and attached that explains these new limits. Download this chart by clicking here.

2015-16 Federal Contribution Limits

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1 A "super PAC" may make only independent expenditures with respect to  federal elections and may not make contributions to federal candidates, parties, and traditional PACs.
2 These are combined limits, shared with federal accounts of all other state & local committees of same party in same state.
3 National Party Committees may contribute up to $46,800 to each U.S. Senate candidate.  The $5,000-per-election limit cited above applies to National Party Committees' contributions to other federal candidates.

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Caplin & Drysdale's Political Law Group counsels for-profit corporations, nonprofit entities, and their principals on these and other matters relating to political law compliance. We work collaboratively with in-house personnel to craft tailored political activity policies and programs. If you have questions concerning this Alert or for more information, please contact:

Trevor Potter
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Kirk L. Jowers
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kjowers@capdale.com

 

Matthew T. Sanderson
202.862.5046
msanderson@capdale.com

Rachel E. Goldstein
202.862.7862
rgoldstein@capdale.com

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