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For Immediate Release:                                                                                             Contact:  Sharon Snyder
March 1, 2000                                                                                                                            Ron Harris
                                                                                                                                                        Ian Stirton
                                                                                                                                                        Kelly Huff

FEC ANNOUNCES 2000 PARTY SPENDING LIMITS

--AMOUNTS RANGE FROM $ 135,120 TO $ 3.3 MILLION FOR SENATE RACES--

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission today announced the 2000 general election spending limits for the national and state political party committees.

Amounts for the Senate campaigns will range from a low of $135,120 in Delaware, to a high of $3,272,876 in California.

These general election expenditures, known as "coordinated expenditures", are limited under the election law. The national committees of each political party have a set amount they may spend on behalf of each U.S. House and Senate candidate. State party committees may spend equal amounts or may transfer their limits to the national committees, effectively doubling the national committees' expenditure limits in those states or districts.

Coordinated expenditures are made in addition to direct contributions. They are allowed only with regard to the general election, and do not count as either contributions to candidates or as expenditures made by candidates. Party committees may work with candidates' campaigns to determine how the money should be spent, but the campaigns do not receive the funds, the expenditures are reported directly by the party committees on special schedules on their financial disclosure reports.

The election law sets the limit for House races at $10,000, plus cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). For 2000, that limit is $33,780, except in states with only one congressional district, where the limit will be $67,560.

The limits for Senate races are based on state voting age populations (VAP), with a base limit for states with smaller populations. The formula for determining a state's limit is:

$.02 x State VAP + Cost-of-Living-------------------------------------

-or- -whichever is greater

$20,000 + Cost-of-Living-------------------------------------------------

The following page lists political party expenditure limits for each state.

Note to editors/correspondents: The spending limits are, at this time, unofficial until updated VAP and COLA figures, provided by the Labor Department and the Bureau of Census, have been certified. However, the FEC does not expect the computations to change and committees are being so notified.

2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(3)(A)(i) Spending Limitations

For Elections Held In 2000

(Applicable to National and State Party Committee's expenditures for a Senate Candidate; or a candidate for the House of Representatives from a state which is entitled to only one Representative)

State

VAP

Expenditure

State

VAP

Expenditure

(in thousands)

Limitation

(in thousands)

Limitation

Alabama

3,304

$223,218

Montana

659

$67,560

Alaska

423

$67,560

Nebraska

1,222

$82,558

Arizona

3,444

$232,677

Nevada

1,318

$89,044

Arkansas

1,891

$127,756

New Hampshire

897

$67,560

California

24,222

$1,636,438

New Jersey

6,140

$414,818

Colorado

2,991

$202,072

New Mexico

1,244

$84,045

Connecticut

2,454

$165,792

New York

13,756

$929,355

Delaware

571

$67,560

North Carolina

5,710

$385,768

DC

424

$67,560

North Dakota

474

$67,560

Florida

11,541

$779,710

Ohio

8,413

$568,382

Georgia

5,731

$387,186

Oklahoma

2,476

$167,279

Hawaii

896

$67,560

Oregon

2,489

$168,157

Idaho

901

$67,560

Pennsylvania

9,141

$617,566

Illinois

8,947

$604,459

Rhode Island

750

$67,560

Indiana

4,414

$298,210

South Carolina

2,930

$197,951

Iowa

2,150

$145,254

South Dakota

535

$67,560

Kansas

1,955

$132,080

Tennessee

4,143

$279,901

Kentucky

2,995

$202,342

Texas

14,325

$967,797

Louisiana

3,182

$214,976

Utah

1,422

$96,070

Maine

963

$67,560

Vermont

454

$67,560

Maryland

3,862

$260,917

Virginia

5,208

$351,852

Massachusetts

4,707

$318,005

Washington

4,270

$288,481

Michigan

7,303

$493,391

West Virginia

1,403

$94,787

Minnesota

3,504

$236,730

Wisconsin

3,902

$263,619

Mississippi

2,016

$136,201

Wyoming

353

$67,560

Missouri

4,069

$274,902