Some information presented in this publication has been modified by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA). An updated version of this publication will be available once the Commission completes its BCRA rulemakings. In the interim, please visit the FECs BCRA page for additional information.
Supporting Federal Candidates: A Guide For Citizens
You have an annual limit of $25,000 on your total contributions to Federal candidates and Federal political committees. Your contribution to a candidate counts against your annual limit for the year in which the candidate seeks election, regardless of when you make the contribution. For example, if you contribute to a candidate the year before the election, the contribution counts against the annual limit for the election year. Similarly, if you make a contribution to a candidate the year after the election to help retire campaign debts, the contribution counts against your annual limit for the previous year. (See also Designated Contributions)
On the other hand, your contribution to a Federal party committee or PAC counts against your annual limit for the year in which the contribution is made, as long as the contribution is not earmarked for a specific candidate.
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