Campaign Fundraising Laws & Regulations

Federal Disclosures

2019-2020 Contribution Limits

Under the Federal Election Campaign Act (the Act), contributions are subject to limits. This page examines the rules concerning the limits placed on contributions to a candidate’s campaign. The limits apply to all types of contributions (except contributions made from a candidate’s personal funds).

Contribution Limits For 2019-2020 Federal Elections

$100 limit on cash contributions
A campaign may not accept more than $100 in cash from a particular source with respect to any campaign for nomination for election, or election to federal office.

$50 limit on anonymous contributions:
An anonymous contribution of cash is limited to $50. Any amount in excess of $50 must be promptly disposed of and may be used for any lawful purpose unrelated to any federal election, campaign or candidate.

In-kind contributions
The value of an in-kind contribution — the usual and normal charge — counts against the contribution limit as a gift of money does. Additionally, like any other contribution, in-kind contributions count against the contributor’s limit for the next election, unless they are otherwise designated.

Prohibited Contributions and Expenditures

The Federal Elections Campaign Act places prohibitions on contributions and expenditures by certain individuals and organizations. The following are prohibited from making contributions or expenditures to influence federal elections:

-Labor Organizations And
-Federal Government Contractors.

Furthermore, with respect to federal elections:

-No one may make a contribution in another person’s name.
-No one may make a contribution in cash of more than $100.

In addition to the above prohibitions on contributions and expenditures in federal election campaigns, the Federal Elections Campaign Act also prohibits foreign nationals, national banks and other federally chartered corporations from making contributions or expenditures in connection with state and local elections.


State Of California Disclosures

2017-2018 & 2019-2020 Contribution Limits

Candidates seeking a state office and committees that make contributions to state candidates are subject to contribution limits from a single source. Contributions from affiliated entities are aggregated for purposes of the limits. The chart below shows the current limits per contributor for state offices. The primary, general, special, and special run-off elections are considered separate elections. Contribution limits to candidates apply to each election. Contribution limits to officeholder and other committees apply on a calendar year basis. Contact your city or county about contribution limits for local offices.

For a more complete listing of regulations and rules concerning campaign contributions, please review the document below.


Local Disclosures

Please consult the individual, campaign or organization directly to view any local jurisdictions related to campaign finance law.