Political & Election Law: Federal Election Commission Announces New Limits For 2019-20 Election Cycle

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Pursuant to federal law, certain contribution limits are indexed for inflation every two years based on the cost of living adjustment since 2001, which is the base year for adjusting these limits.

For the 2019-20 election cycle, the limit for contributions by individuals and non-multicandidate PACs to federal candidates increased to $2,800 per election (note this contribution limit had been set at a stagnant $2,700 for the two previous election cycles). The limit for contributions by individuals and non-multicandidate PACs to national party committees has risen to $35,500, while the limit for individual and non-multicandidate PAC contributions to each of the additional three national party committee accounts – that is the “legal” account, the “convention” account, and the “building fund” account – has increased to $106,500 per year. For Senate candidates, the limit on combined contributions by a national party committee and its Senatorial campaign committee to their campaign committee has increased to $49,600 over the six-year Senate cycle. According to the FEC, the new limits are effective retroactively to January 1, 2019. The other limits are not indexed to inflation and remain the same. The FEC’s chart with all of the limits can be found here, and we’ll be releasing a printer friendly version to post near your desk.

Additionally, two other amounts have been adjusted for inflation. First, the coordinated party expenditure limits have been increased and are now $51,900 for House nominees in states with more than one representative, $103,700 for House nominees in states with only one representative, and various amounts for Senate nominees based on their state’s population. The second amount is the threshold for disclosing lobbyist bundled contributions, which is now set at $19,000 for 2020.

The FEC’s full press release for this information is available here.