Contribution Acceptance Limits

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Attorney General
County candidate
CU Regent
District Attorney
Governor and Lt. Governor
Regional Transportation District (RTD)        
Secretary of State
State Board of Education
State House of Representatives
State Senate
State Treasurer
Independent expenditure committee
Issue committee
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Small donor committee

 

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 10.17 as required by Article XXVII, Sec. 3(13) of the Colorado Constitution and remain current through 2023.

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 for Accepting contributions from Limits

Attorney General

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

 

527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Political committees Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Political parties $135,775
Small donor committees Primary*
$6,750
General*
$6,750
* 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 for Accepting contributions from Limits

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 committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties $17,625
Small donor committees Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
* 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 for Accepting contributions from Limits

Governor

Lt. Governor

527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Political committees Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Political parties $679,025
Small donor committees Primary*
$6,750
General*
$6,750
* 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 for Accepting contributions from Limits
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 committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) 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 for Accepting contributions from Limits
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 committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties $24,425
Small donor committees Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
* 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 for Accepting contributions from Limits
County candidate 527 organizations Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Businesses (other than corporations) Primary*
$1250
General*
$1250
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
Primary*
$1250
General*
$1250
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons Primary*
$1250
General*
$1250
Political committees Primary*
$1250
General*
$1250
Political parties $22,125
Small donor committees Primary*
$12,500
General*
$12,500
* 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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Issue committee

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) 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
Foreign sources Prohibited
Independent expenditure committees No limit
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) No limit
Natural persons No limit
Political committees Prohibited
Political parties No limit
Small donor committees Prohibited

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Independent expenditure committee

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
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
Foreign sources Prohibited
Independent expenditure committees No limit
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) No limit
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

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Political committee 527 organizations $625
Businesses (other than corporations) $625
Candidate committees $625
Corporations and labor unions $625
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
$625
Foreign sources Prohibited
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons $625
Political committees $625
Political parties $625
Small donor committees $625

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Political party
Per calendar year

Party Accepting contributions from Limits
Political Party 527 organizations $4,025*
Businesses (other than corporations) $4,025*
Candidate committees
(Of unexpended campaign funds only)
$4,025*
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs
(See Rule 7.1)
$4,025*
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons $4,025*
Political committees $4,025*
Political parties Transfers within a political party may be made without limitation.
Small donor committees $20,325**

* State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $3,350 may be given to the state party.

** State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $16,925 may be given to the state party.

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Small donor committee
Per calendar year

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
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 / Small-scale issue committee (SSIC) Prohibited
Natural persons $50
Political committees Prohibited
Political parties Prohibited
Small donor committees Prohibited

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