Contribution Limits

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527 organization
Business (not a corporation)
Candidate committee
Corporation
Federal PAC
Independent expenditure committee
Issue committee
Labor union
Natural person
Political committee
Political party
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.

 

527 Organization

Donor Contributing to Limits
527 Organization Attorney General Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
County candidates (under state law) Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
CU Regent Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
District Attorney Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Governor and Lt. Governor Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025*
Regional Transportation District (RTD) Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Secretary of State Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
State House of Representatives Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
State Senate Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
State Treasurer Consult Internal Revenue Service Regulations
*State, county, district, & local levels combined, of which no more than $3,350 may be given to the state party.


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Business (not a corporation)

Donor Contributing to Limits
Business (not a corporation) Attorney General Primary*
$625
General*
$625
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent Primary*
$200
General*
$200
District Attorney Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Governor and Lt. Governor Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State House of Representatives Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Senate Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Treasurer Primary*
$625
General*
$625

* 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.

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


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Candidate committee

Donor Contributing to Limits
Candidate Committee Attorney General Prohibited
County candidates (under state law) Prohibited
CU Regent Prohibited
District Attorney Prohibited
Governor and Lt. Governor Prohibited
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee Prohibited
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625*
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025 of unexpended campaign funds only**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) Prohibited
Secretary of State Prohibited
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Prohibited
State House of Representatives Prohibited
State Senate Prohibited
State Treasurer Prohibited

* Only if the stated purpose of the political committee includes supporting the candidate who is contributing.

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

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Corporations & labor unions

Donor Contributing to Limits
Corporations & Labor Unions Attorney General Prohibited
County candidates (under state law) Prohibited
CU Regent Prohibited
District Attorney Prohibited
Governor and Lt. Governor Prohibited
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) Prohibited
Regional Transportation District (RTD) Prohibited
Secretary of State Prohibited
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Prohibited
State House of Representatives Prohibited
State Senate Prohibited
State Treasurer Prohibited

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Federal PAC
See Rule 7.1

Donor Contributing to Limits
Federal PAC Attorney General Primary*
$625
General*
$625
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent Primary*
$200
General*
$200
District Attorney Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Governor and Lt. Governor Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State House of Representatives Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Senate Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Treasurer Primary*
$625
General*
$625

* 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.

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

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Independent expenditure committee

Donor Contributing to Limits
Independent expenditure committee Attorney General Prohibited
County candidates (under state law) Prohibited
CU Regent Prohibited
District Attorney Prohibited
Governor and Lt. Governor Prohibited
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) Prohibited
Political party (per calendar year) Prohibited
Regional Transportation District (RTD) Prohibited
Secretary of State Prohibited
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Prohibited
State House of Representatives Prohibited
State Senate Prohibited
State Treasurer Prohibited

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Issue committee

Donor Contributing to Limits
Issue committee Attorney General Prohibited
County candidates (under state law) Prohibited
CU Regent Prohibited
District Attorney Prohibited
Governor and Lt. Governor Prohibited
Independent expenditure committee Prohibited
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) Prohibited
Political party (per calendar year) Prohibited
Regional Transportation District (RTD) Prohibited
Secretary of State Prohibited
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Prohibited
State House of Representatives Prohibited
State Senate Prohibited
State Treasurer Prohibited

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Natural person

Donor Contributing to Limits
Natural person Attorney General Primary*
$625
General*
$625
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent Primary*
$200
General*
$200
District Attorney Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Governor and Lt. Governor Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Small donor committee (per calendar year) $50
State Board of Education Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State House of Representatives Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Senate Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Treasurer Primary*
$625
General*
$625

* 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.

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

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Political committee

Donor Contributing to Limits
Political committee Attorney General Primary*
$625
General*
$625
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent Primary*
$200
General*
$200
District Attorney Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Governor and Lt. Governor Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee Prohibited
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $4,025**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State Primary*
$625
General*
$625
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State House of Representatives Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Senate Primary*
$200
General*
$200
State Treasurer Primary*
$625
General*
$625

* 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.

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

 

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Political party

Donor Contributing to Limits
Political party Attorney General $135,775
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent $17,625
District Attorney $17,625
Governor and Lt. Governor $679,025
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee No limit
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) Transfers within a political party may be made without limitation.
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State $135,775
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education $17,625
State House of Representatives $17,625
State Senate $24,425
State Treasurer $135,775

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Small donor committee

Donor Contributing to Limits
Small donor committee Attorney General Primary*
$6,750
General*
$6,750
County candidates (under state law) No limit
CU Regent Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
District Attorney Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
Governor and Lt. Governor Primary*
$6,750
General*
$6,750
Independent expenditure committee No limit
Issue committee Prohibited
Political committee (per State House of Representatives election cycle) $625
Political party (per calendar year) $20,325**
Regional Transportation District (RTD) No limit
Secretary of State Primary*
$6,750
General*
$6,750
Small donor committee (per calendar year) Prohibited
State Board of Education Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
State House of Representatives Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
State Senate Primary*
$2,675
General*
$2,675
State Treasurer 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.

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

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Primary
$200