Annual Campaign Contribution Limits per calendar year

Annual Campaign Contribution Limits per calendar year

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From: Individual3
Candidate
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee4
Local Party Committee4
Ballot Question Committee
3. Contributions by Individuals
Individuals under 18 years of age have an aggregate contribution limit of $25 per year. There is no limit on how much a candidate may contribute to his or her own campaign, though the maximum amount that certain candidates may loan varies by the office sought. Contact OCPF for information concerning limits on loans from state candidates to their own campaigns.

4. Contributions to Party Committees
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.
From: Lobbyist
Candidate
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee
Local Party Committee
Ballot Question Committee
From: Statewide Candidate's Committee5
Candidate6,7
PAC6,8
People's Committee
State Party Committee6
Local Party Committee6
Ballot Question Committee6
5. Statewide Candidates
Include those running for or holding the office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer/receiver general, auditor and secretary of the commonwealth.

6. Candidates Certified to Receive Public Funds
No candidate’s committee that receives public financing pursuant to M.G.L. c. 55C may make a contribution to another political committee during the calendar year in which the candidate’s committee receives public financing, except that a committee that receives public financing may pay a political party committee for goods or services provided by the political party committee to the candidate’s committee.

7. Contributions from a Candidate’s Personal Funds
Contributions from a candidate’s personal funds to another candidate are subject to the $1,000 individual limit, not the $100 committee limit.

8. Contributions from candidates to PACs
A candidate is prohibited from “financing” a political action committee (Chapter 55, Section 5A). Please see OCPF’s advisory opinion, AO-11-05.
From: County or Legislative Candidate or Candidate's Committee
Candidate7
PAC8
People's Committee
State Party Committee
Local Party Committee
Ballot Question Committee
7. Contributions from a Candidate’s Personal Funds
Contributions from a candidate’s personal funds to another candidate are subject to the $1,000 individual limit, not the $100 committee limit.

8. Contributions from candidates to PACs
A candidate is prohibited from “financing” a political action committee (Chapter 55, Section 5A). Please see OCPF’s advisory opinion, AO-11-05.
From: Municipal or Other Candidate or Candidate's Committee
Candidate7
PAC8
People's Committee
State Party Committee
Local Party Committee
Ballot Question Committee
7. Contributions from a Candidate’s Personal Funds
Contributions from a candidate’s personal funds to another candidate are subject to the $1,000 individual limit, not the $100 committee limit.

8. Contributions from candidates to PACs
A candidate is prohibited from “financing” a political action committee (Chapter 55, Section 5A). Please see OCPF’s advisory opinion, AO-11-05.
From: Political Action Committee1
Candidate9
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee4
Local Party Committee4
Ballot Question Committee10
1. PACs
PACs must organize with OCPF under M.G.L. Chapter 55 before they may contribute to Massachusetts candidates or committees. Limits do not apply to Independent Expenditure PACs. (Independent Expenditure PACs may not contribute to candidates or other political committees, except for other Independent Expenditure PACs or Ballot Question Committees.) Please see OCPF’s interpretive bulletin concerning Independent Expenditure PACs, IB-10-03.

4. Contributions to Party Committees
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.

9. Total PAC contributions
The aggregate annual amount a state or county candidate may accept from all PACs in a calendar year is limited by M.G.L. c.55, s.6A. For example, a candidate for the Senate may not accept more than $18,750 in total PAC contributions and a candidate for the House may not accept more than $7,500. Candidates for municipal office are not subject to any such annual aggregate restriction.

10. Contributions from a PAC, People’s Committee or Party Committee to a Ballot Question Committee
Contributions from a PAC, people’s committee or party committee to a ballot question committee are not subject to limitation but must be consistent with the principle for which the contributing committee was organized.
From: People's Committee
Candidate
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee4
Local Party Committee4
Ballot Question Committee10
4. Contributions to Party Committees
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.

10. Contributions from a PAC, People’s Committee or Party Committee to a Ballot Question Committee
Contributions from a PAC, people’s committee or party committee to a ballot question committee are not subject to limitation but must be consistent with the principle for which the contributing committee was organized.
From: State Party Committee
Candidate11
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee
Local Party Committee4
Ballot Question Committee10
4. Contributions to Party Committees
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.

10. Contributions from a PAC, People’s Committee or Party Committee to a Ballot Question Committee
Contributions from a PAC, people’s committee or party committee to a ballot question committee are not subject to limitation but must be consistent with the principle for which the contributing committee was organized.

11. Party Contributions to Candidates
This limit applies to monetary contributions only. There is no limit on in-kind contributions by a party committee to an individual candidate, but for candidates seeking public financing, in-kind contributions recieved count toward expenditure limits (970 CMR 4.11).
From: Local (Ward / Town / City) Party Committee
Candidate11
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee4,12
Local Party Committee4,12
Ballot Question Committee10
4. Contributions to Party Committees
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.

10. Contributions from a PAC, People’s Committee or Party Committee to a Ballot Question Committee
Contributions from a PAC, people’s committee or party committee to a ballot question committee are not subject to limitation but must be consistent with the principle for which the contributing committee was organized.


11. Party Contributions to Candidates
This limit applies to monetary contributions only. There is no limit on in-kind contributions by a party committee to an individual candidate, but for candidates seeking public financing, in-kind contributions recieved count toward expenditure limits (970 CMR 4.11).

12. Local Party Committees
A local party committee may contribute up to an aggregate of $5,000 in a calendar year to all ward, town, city and state committees of the same political party.
From: Ballot Question Committee
Candidate
PAC
People's Committee
State Party Committee
Local Party Committee
Ballot Question Committee13
13. Contributions among ballot question committees
A ballot question committee may contribute to another ballot question committee without limitation, provided such contributions are “consistent with the purpose for which [the contributing committee] was organized.”
TO: Candidate or
Candidate's Committee
Political Action
Committee (PAC)1
People's
Committee2
State Party
Committee
Local (Ward/Town/City)
Party Committee (LPC)
Ballot Question
Committee (BQC)
FROM:
See explanatory notes below.
Individual3 $ 1,000 $ 500 $ 181 $ 5,0004 $ 5,0004 No Limit
Lobbyist $ 200 $ 200 $ 181 $ 2004 $ 2004 No Limit
Statewide Candidate's Committee5 $ 1006, 7 $ No Limit6, 8 $ 0 $ No Limit6 $ No Limit6 $ No Limit6
County, Legislative, Municipal
or Other Candidate or Candidate's Committee
$ 1007 No limit8 $ 0 No Limit No Limit No Limit
Political Action Committee (PAC)1 $ 5009 $ 500 $ 0 $ 5,0004 $ 5,0004 No Limit10
People's Committee $ 500 $ 500 $ 0 $ 5,0004 $ 5,0004 No Limit10
State Party Committee $ 3,00011 $ 500 $ 0 ---- $ 5,0004 No Limit10
Local (Ward/Town/City) Party Committee $ 1,00011 $ 500 $ 0 $ 5,0004, 12 $ 5,0004, 12 No Limit10
Ballot Question Committee $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 No Limit13
Note A: The annual cash limit from an individual to a candidate or committee is $50.
Note B: Contributions from federal political committees and other unregistered, non-Massachusetts political committees are prohibited. Exception: Independent Expenditure PACs and Ballot Question Committees may receive unlimited funds from such sources.
ADDITIONAL NOTES
1 PACs:
PACs must organize with OCPF under M.G.L. Chapter 55 before they may contribute to Massachusetts candidates or committees. Limits do not apply to Independent Expenditure PACs. (IE PACs may not contribute to candidates or other political committees, except for other IE PACs or Ballot Question Committees.) Please see OCPF's interpretive bulletin concerning Independent Expenditure PACs, IB-10-03.
2 People's Committees:
After six months in existence, a PAC that has received contributions from individuals of $181 or less per year and contributed to five or more candidates may request a change in its status to that of a people's committee. The maximum contribution from an individual to a people's committee is adjusted biennially by OCPF. The $181 figure is in effect for 2020 and 2021.
3 Contributions by Individuals:
Individuals under 18 years of age have an aggregate contribution limit of $25 per year. There is no limit on how much a candidate may contribute to his or her own campaign, though the maximum amount that certain candidates may loan varies by the office sought. Contact OCPF for information concerning limits on loans from state candidates to their own campaigns.
4 Contributions to Party Committees:
The maximum annual aggregate contribution that may be made by an individual, lobbyist, PAC, people's committee or party committee to all committees of any one party, including those on the state and local level, is $5,000.
5 Statewide Candidates:
Include those running for or holding the office of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer/receiver general, auditor and secretary of the commonwealth.
6 Candidates Certified to Receive Public Funds:
No candidate's committee that receives public financing pursuant to M.G.L. c. 55C may make a contribution to another political committee during the calendar year in which the candidate's committee receives public financing, except that a committee that receives public financing may pay a political party committee for goods or services provided by the political party committee to the candidate's committee.
7 Contributions from a Candidate's Personal Funds:
Contributions from a candidate's personal funds to another candidate are subject to the $1,000 individual limit, not the $100 committee limit.
8 Contributions from Candidates to PACs:
A candidate is prohibited from "financing" a political action committee (Chapter 55, Section 5A). Please see OCPF's advisory opinion, AO-11-05.
9 Total PAC Contributions:
The aggregate annual amount a state or county candidate may accept from all PACs in a calendar year is limited by M.G.L. c.55, s.6A. For example, a candidate for the Senate may not accept more than $18,750 in total PAC contributions and a candidate for the House may not accept more than $7,500. Candidates for municipal office are not subject to any such annual aggregate restriction.
10 Contributions from a PAC, People's Committee or Party Committee to a Ballot Question Committee:
Contributions from a PAC, people's committee or party committee to a ballot question committee are not subject to limitation but must be consistent with the principle for which the contributing committee was organized.
11 Party Contributions to Candidates:
This limit applies to monetary contributions only. There is no limit on in-kind contributions by a party committee to an individual candidate, but for candidates seeking public financing, in-kind contributions recieved count toward expenditure limits (970 CMR 4.11).
12 Local Party Committees:
A local party committee may contribute up to an aggregate of $5,000 in a calendar year to all ward, town, city and state committees of the same political party.
13 Contributions Among Ballot Question Committees:
A ballot question committee may contribute to another ballot question committee without limitation, provided such contributions are "consistent with the purpose for which [the contributing committee] was organized."