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2012 Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits

As detailed in the tables below, the 2012 coordinated party expenditure limits are now available. They are:

Please note that these limits apply to general elections held during 2012. For additional information on coordinated party expenditures, please consult the Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees. [PDF]


Authority to Make Coordinated Party Expenditures on Behalf of Presidential, Senate and House Nominees

Type of Party Committee

Authority

National Party Committee

May make expenditures on behalf of Presidential, Senate and House nominees. May authorize 1 other party committees to make expenditures against its own spending limits. Shares limits with national congressional and senatorial campaign committees.

State Party Committee

May be authorized 1 by national committee to make expenditures on behalf of Presidential nominee that count against the national committee's limit. May make expenditures on behalf of Senate and House nominees seeking election in the committee’s state. May authorize 1 other party committees to make expenditures against its own spending limits.

Local Party Committee

May be authorized 1 by national or state party committee to make expenditures against its limits.

 

Calculating 2012 Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits

Nominee

Amount

Formula
Presidential Nominee
$21,684,200
National VAP 2 x 2 cents x COLA 3
Senate Nominee

See table below

The greater of:
$20,000 x COLA 3 or
2 cents x state VAP 2 x COLA 3
House Nominee in State with Only One Representative

$91,200

$20,000 x COLA 3
House Nominee in Other States

$45,600

$10,000 x COLA 3
Nominee for Delegate or Resident Commissioner 4
$45,600
$10,000 x COLA 3



Footnotes:

1 The authorizing committee must provide prior authorization specifying the amount the committee may spend.
2 VAP means voting age population.
3 COLA means cost-of-living adjustment. The 2012 COLA is 4.56207. Limits are rounded to the nearest hundred.
4 American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands elect Delegates; Puerto Rico elects a Resident Commissioner.

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Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2012 General Election Senate Nominees

Alabama - Georgia
Hawaii - Maryland
Massachusetts - New Jersey

New Mexico - South Carolina
South Dakota
- Wyoming
State

Voting Age Population

Expenditure Limit
Alabama
3,675,597
$335,400
Alaska
534,277
$91,200
Arizona
4,857,391
$443,200
Arkansas
2,227,505
$203,200
California
28,419,993
$2,593,100
Colorado
3,886,708
$354,600
Connecticut
2,777,395
$253,400
Delaware
702,467
$91,200
DC
512,662
$91,200
Florida
15,063,111
$1,374,400
Georgia
7,325,352
$668,400
State

Voting Age Population

Expenditure Limit
Hawaii
1,070,206
$97,600
Idaho
1,156,869
$105,600
Illinois
9,771,132
$891,500
Indiana
4,919,319
$448,800
Iowa
2,337,939
$213,300
Kansas
2,147,316
$195,900
Kentucky
3,348,401
$305,500
Louisiana
3,456,640
$315,400
Maine
1,058,970
$96,600
Maryland 
4,481,654
$408,900
State

Voting Age Population

Expenditure Limit
Massachusetts
5,182,521
$472,900
Michigan
7,580,375
$691,600
Minnesota
4,067,335
$371,100
Mississippi
2,228,273
$203,300
Missouri
4,598,567
$419,600
Montana
775,845
$91,200
Nebraska
1,382,576
$126,100
Nevada
2,059,547
$187,900
New Hampshire
1,038,210
$94,700
New Jersey
6,778,345
$618,500
State

Voting Age Population

Expenditure Limit
New Mexico
1,562,805
$142,600
New York
15,179,189
$1,385,000
North Carolina
7,368,808
$672,300
North Dakota
532,776
$91,200
Ohio
8,851,859
$807,700
Oklahoma
2,855,349
$260,500
Oregon
3,008,092
$274,500
Pennsylvania
9,981,727
$910,700
Rhode Island
831,766
$91,200
South Carolina
3,598,675
$328,300
State

Voting Age Population

Expenditure Limit
South Dakota
620,926
$91,200
Tennessee
4,911,217
$448,100
Texas
18,713,943
$1,707,500
Utah
1,936,913
$176,700
Vermont
500,413
$91,200
Virginia
6,243,058
$569,600
Washington
5,248,281
$478,900
West Virginia
1,470,570
$134,200
Wisconsin
4,385,559
$400,100
Wyoming
433,221
$91,200

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