Contribution Acceptance Limits

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Attorney General
County candidate
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District Attorney
Governor and Lt. Governor
Regional Transportation District (RTD)        
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Independent expenditure committee
Issue committee
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This chart reflects contribution limits for all political committees, small donor committees, issue committees and political parties within the State of Colorado. Home Rule counties or municipalities may have their own contribution limits; therefore, you should contact the county clerk and recorder or municipal clerk.

The limits in this chart reflect adjustments made by CPF Rule 10.16 as required by Article XXVII, Sec. 3(13) of the Colorado Constitution and remain current through 2015.

In addition, please review Campaign and Political Finance Rules 3 and 4 relating to issue committee and political committee contributions.

 

 

Attorney General,
Secretary of State, and
State Treasurer

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits

Attorney General

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

 

527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Political committees Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Political parties $123,000
Small donor committees Primary*
$6,125
General*
$6,125
* All candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Colorado law recognizes the Governor and Lt. Governor as one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Contribution limits double for a candidate who has accepted voluntary spending limits if his or her opponent has not accepted the voluntary spending limits and has raised more than 10 percent of the spending limit.

Contributions to a candidate committee by the candidate count as political party contributions when a candidate accepts voluntary spending limits. Any unexpended campaign contributions that carry forward to a subsequent election cycle also count as a political party contribution.

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CU Regent,
District Attorney,
State Board of Education, and
State House of Representatives

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits

CU Regent

District Attorney

State Board of Education

State House of Representatives

527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties $15,975
Small donor committees Primary*
$2,425
General*
$2,425
* All candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Colorado law recognizes the Governor and Lt. Governor as one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Contribution limits double for a candidate who has accepted voluntary spending limits if his or her opponent has not accepted the voluntary spending limits and has raised more than 10 percent of the spending limit.

Contributions to a candidate committee by the candidate count as political party contributions when a candidate accepts voluntary spending limits. Any unexpended campaign contributions that carry forward to a subsequent election cycle also count as a political party contribution.

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Governor and Lt. Governor

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits

Governor

Lt. Governor

527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Political committees Primary*
$575
General*
$575
Political parties $615,075
Small donor committees Primary*
$6,125
General*
$6,125
* All candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Colorado law recognizes the Governor and Lt. Governor as one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Contribution limits double for a candidate who has accepted voluntary spending limits if his or her opponent has not accepted the voluntary spending limits and has raised more than 10 percent of the spending limit.

Contributions to a candidate committee by the candidate count as political party contributions when a candidate accepts voluntary spending limits. Any unexpended campaign contributions that carry forward to a subsequent election cycle also count as a political party contribution.

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Regional Transportation District (RTD)        

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits
Regional Transportation
District (RTD)
527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) No limit
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
No limit
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons No limit
Political committees No limit
Political parties No limit
Small donor committees No limit

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State Senate

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits
State Senate 527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties $22,125
Small donor committees Primary*
$2,425
General*
$2,425
* All candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Colorado law recognizes the Governor and Lt. Governor as one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Contribution limits double for a candidate who has accepted voluntary spending limits if his or her opponent has not accepted the voluntary spending limits and has raised more than 10 percent of the spending limit.

Contributions to a candidate committee by the candidate count as political party contributions when a candidate accepts voluntary spending limits. Any unexpended campaign contributions that carry forward to a subsequent election cycle also count as a political party contribution.

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County Candidate

Candidate forAccepting contributions fromLimits
County candidate 527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) No limit
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
No limit
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committees Prohibited
Natural persons No limit
Political committees No limit
Political parties No limit
Small donor committees No limit

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Issue committee

CommitteeAccepting contributions fromLimits
Issue committee 527 organizations No limit
Businesses (other than corporations) No limit
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions No limit
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
No limit
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee No limit
Natural persons No limit
Political committees Prohibited
Political parties No limit
Small donor committees Prohibited

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Independent expenditure committee

CommitteeAccepting contributions fromLimits
Independent expenditure committee 527 organizations No limit
Businesses (other than corporations) No limit
Candidate committees No limit
Corporations and labor unions No limit
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
No limit
Independent expenditure committees No limit
Issue committee Prohibited
Natural persons No limit
Political committees No limit
Political parties No limit
Small donor committees No limit

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Political committee
Per State House of Representatives election cycle

CommitteeAccepting contributions fromLimits
Political committee 527 organizations $575
Businesses (other than corporations) $575
Candidate committees $575*
Corporations and labor unions $575
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
$575
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee Prohibited
Natural persons $575
Political committees $575
Political parties $575
Small donor committees $575
* Only if the stated purpose of the political committee includes supporting the candidate who is contributing.

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Political party
Per calendar year

PartyAccepting contributions fromLimits
Political Party 527 organizations $3,650*
Businesses (other than corporations) $3,650*
Candidate committees
(Of unexpended campaign funds only)
$3,650*
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
$3,650*
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee Prohibited
Natural persons $3,650*
Political committees $3,650*
Political parties $3,650*
Small donor committees $18,425**

* State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $3,050 may be given to the state party.

** State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $15,350 may be given to the state party.

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Small donor committee
Per calendar year

CommitteeAccepting contributions fromLimits
Small donor committee 527 organizations Prohibited
Businesses (other than corporations) Prohibited
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Prohibited
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee Prohibited
Natural persons $50
Political committees Prohibited
Political parties Prohibited
Small donor committees Prohibited

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