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Coordinated party expenditure limits adjusted for 2018

February 12, 2018

The 2018 coordinated party expenditure limits are now available.

The limits are:

  • For Senate nominees, the 2018 limits range from $99,400 to $3,030,200, depending on each state's voting age population (VAP).
  • For House nominees in states that have only one U.S. House Representative, the limit is $99,400. 
  • For House nominees in states that have more than one U.S. House Representative, the limit is $49,700.

For the complete list of 2018 limits, visit our coordinated party expenditure limits page. This page lists the state-by-state coordinated party expenditure limits for Senate candidates. It also includes information on which types of party committees have the authority to make coordinated party expenditures.

The limits are calculated according to a statutory formula adjusted for an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The applicable COLA for 2018 is 4.97135. Visit https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/making-disbursements-political-party/coordinated-party-expenditures/calculating-coordinated-party-expenditure-limits to learn how the coordinated party expenditure limits are calculated.

Coordinated party expenditure limits are separate from the contribution limits. Unlike contributions, the national Senatorial and Congressional committees do not have separate coordinated party expenditure limits; however, they may receive authorization to spend against the national limit or state party limits. Coordinated party expenditures also differ from contributions in that the party committee must spend the funds on behalf of the candidate rather than give the money directly to the campaign. These expenditures may be made in consultation with the candidate; however, only the party committee making the expenditure – not the candidate committee – must report them. Coordinated party expenditures are reported on FEC Form 3X, line 25, and are always itemized on Schedule F, regardless of amount.

The coordinated party expenditure limits were published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2018, at 83 Fed. Reg. 6022.

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  • Author 
    • Dorothy Yeager
    • Sr. Communications Specialist