The California Fair Political Practices Commission, charged with implementing the state’s campaign finance law, recently announced new gift and contribution limits for the 2017 – 2018 cycle. The agency is required to adjust these limits biennially according to the Consumer Price Index.
The gift limit was raised to $470 from $460 per calendar year. The $470 limit is an aggregate limit from any one source.
The new contribution limits for state offices, PACs, and political party committees* are as follows:
|Office or Committee||2017/2018 Limit|
|State Assembly and Senate||$4,400|
|Statewide, other than governor||$7,300|
|PACs that contribute to state candidates||$7,300|
|Political Party Committees for candidates||$36,500|
Candidates will no doubt be requesting contributions in higher amounts. The increased contribution limits are also significant because a donor must report to the FPPC as a “Major Donor” once the aggregate of their contributions reaches $10,000 or more in a calendar year. Nossaman assists donors and contributors in complying with these and other related rules.