By statute, the Federal Election Commission is obligated to raise certain political contribution limits at the beginning of each election cycle in order to account for inflation. The increased 2009-2010 contribution limits for individuals are as follows:
- $2,400 per election to federal candidates; and
- $30,400 per calendar year to a national political party committee (RNC, DNC, NRCC, NRSC, DCCC, DSCC).
The two-year aggregate limit for individuals is now $115,500 (with a maximum of $45,600 going to federal candidates in the aggregate in 2009-2010 and a maximum of $69,900 going to all PACs and party committees combined in the same two-year cycle). Of the $69,900 sublimit, only $45,600 may go, in the aggregate, to federal PACs and state, district and local party committees in the two-year election cycle.
The individual contribution limits did not change with respect to PACs and state, district and local political party committees. These limits are as follows:
- $5,000 per calendar year to federal PACs (unchanged); and
- $10,000 per calendar year to the federal accounts of state, district and local party committees (combined amount) (unchanged).