Monday, October 19, 2009

State Limits on Contributions to Candidates with a Colored Map and PDF Link

Campaign Contribution Limits map above
Various Limits (37 states + D.C.)
Ban on Corporate Contributions; No Other Limits (4 states)
Limit on Corporate Contributions; No Other Limits (3 states)
No Limits from Any Source (6 states) in White

Updated April 20, 2009 from Natinal Conference of State Legislatures CLICKHERE

States commonly place limits on contributions to candidates from various sources, and also on contributions to political action committees (PACs) and political parties. Just six states - Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Virginia - place no limits on contributions at all.

Another seven states - Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Texas - have minimal contribution limits. [NOTE: New Mexico passed contribution limits in the 2009 legislative session. They will take effect the day after the November 2010 elections.]

At least seven states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Ohio and Washington) index their contribution limits. All seven states tie them to the Consumer Price Index.

Contribution to Candidates map above
$1,000 or less (7 states)
$1,001 - $5,000 (15 states and D.C.)
$5,001 - $10,000 (10 states)
> $10,000 (4 states)
No Limits (14 states) in white

updated April 20, 2009

To see a complete pdf version of all the state limits on campaign contributions click on the title above. It is amazing to know that there are 14 states who have no limit on campaign contributions.

Median and Average Contribution Limits -- 2010 Elections

For contributions from an individual to a statewide candidate, the national mean is $4,000 per election cycle; the average is $7,762. For legislative candidates, the national median is $2,000 per election cycle; the average is $3,784for a state senate candidate and $3,412for a state house candidate. The lowest limits nationwide are found in Massachusetts and Montana. The highest limits are in New York and Ohio.

All of this above was from the National Conference of State Legislatures CLICKHERE

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