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Coordinated party expenditure limits adjusted for 2020

February 13, 2020

The 2020 coordinated party expenditure limits are now available.

  • For presidential nominees, the limit is $26,464,700.
  • For Senate nominees, the 2020 limits range from $103,700 to $3,175,100, 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 $103,700.
  • For House nominees in states that have more than one U.S. House Representative, the limit is $51,900.

For the complete list of 2020 limits, visit our coordinated party expenditure limits page. This page lists the state-by-state coordinated party expenditure limits for Senate nominees. 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 that accounts for the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The applicable COLA for 2020 is 5.18508.

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 nominee rather than give the money directly to the campaign. These expenditures may be made in consultation with the nominee; however, only the party committee making the expenditure–not the candidate committee–must report them. Coordinated party expenditures are reported on Form 3X, line 25, and are always itemized on Schedule F, regardless of amount.

Citations

Statute

52 U.S.C. § 30116(c) and (d)
Increases in coordinated party expenditure limits based on increases in price index

Regulations

11 CFR 109.32
What are the coordinated party expenditure limits?

11 CFR 110.17(a)
Price index increases for party committee expenditure limitations

  • Author 
    • Dorothy Yeager
    • Sr. Communications Specialist
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