Election Cycle Contribution Limits

 

Contribution limits may not necessarily be based on election cycles. If contribution limits apply to your committee please review all applicable laws thoroughly and carefully. The contribution limits below have been adjusted by CPF Rule 10.16 as required by Article XXVIII, Section 3(13) of the Colorado Constitution effective July 30, 2015, and remain current until the next adjustment in 2019, and apply to all committees (state, county, and municipalities that follow state law).

Committee TypeContribution CycleContribution Limits

Candidate committee

Election cycle starts 31 days following a general election for the particular office and ends 30 days following the next general election for that office.

6 years - State Board of Education, CU Regent

4 years - Governor/Lt. Gov, Sec. of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Senate, District Attorney, RTD, County Executive Offices

2 years - State House of Representative

State candidates: Please review CPF Rule 10.16 and the Quick Reference guide for candidate committees in this manual.

Municipal/County candidates: Contribution limits may or may not apply to home rule municipal or county candidates. Check with the municipality or county to verify if Home Rule charters or ordinances apply.

Municipal or county candidates may not accept corporate or labor union contributions unless a home rule charter or ordinance specifies otherwise.

Political party
(State, county, district and local level combined.)

Per year (calendar year) - January 1st - December 31st

$3,650 per year from any person; no more than $3,050 to the state party.

$18,425 per year from a Small Donor Committee; no more than $15,350 to the state party.

Political committee

Colorado House of Representatives Elections Cycle (2 years). This applies to state, county and local political committees.

$575

Small donor committee

Per year (calendar year) - January 1st through December 31st. This applies to state, county and local small donor committees.

$50 maximum by natural persons who are U.S. citizens only.

Issue committee

Not applicable.

State issue committees do not have contribution limits.

Municipal/County issue committees: Please check with the designated election official to see if a Home Rule Charter or ordinance establishes contribution limits.

Independent expenditure committee

Not applicable.

State independent expenditure committees do not have donation limits.

Municipal/County independent expenditure committees: Please check with the designated election official to see if a Home Rule Charter or ordinance establishes donation limits.

 

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