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
A husband and wife each have separate contribution limits, even if only one spouse has an income. For example, a couple may contribute a $2,000 check to a candidate's primary campaign as long as both sign the check (or an attached statement - See Joint Contributions ).
Children under 18 may make contributions, subject to the limits, as long as the child knowingly and voluntarily decides to contribute. The child must own or control the funds, such as the proceeds of a trust or money held in a savings account under the child's name. Children may not use money that is provided by their parents specifically for the purpose of making a contribution. This would be a contribution in the name of another, which is prohibited .
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