Contribution Acceptance Limits

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Committee
Attorney General
CU Regent
District Attorney
Governor and Lt. Governor
Regional Transportation District (RTD)        
Secretary of State
State Board of Education
State House of Representatives
State Senate
State Treasurer
Independent expenditure committee
Issue committee
Political committee
Political party
Small donor committee

 

Home Rule counties or municipalities may have their own contribution limits; contact your county clerk or municipal clerk for information.

Major party candidates can accept contributions for both the primary and general election. 

Minor party candidates can accept contributions for the general election.  They can also accept contributions for a primary election if the candidate's name will appear on a primary election ballot.

Unaffiliated candidates can only accept contributions for the general election.

 

 

Attorney General,
Secretary of State, and
State Treasurer

Candidate for Accepting contributions from
Limits

Attorney General

Secretary of State

State Treasurer

 

527 organizations If allowed, same limits as natural persons
Businesses (other than corporations)
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Candidate committees
Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions
Prohibited
Federal PACs
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Independent expenditure committees
Prohibited
Issue committees
Prohibited
Natural persons
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Political committees [1] Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Political parties
$113,905
Small donor committees
Primary*
$5,675
General*
$5,675
* All major party candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Minor party candidates who appear on a primary election ballot may accept contributions for the primary and general elections. Unaffiliated and minor party candidates who do not appear on a primary election ballot may only accept contributions for the general election. The Governor and Lt. Governor are considered one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Also see election cycle limits.

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CU Regent,
District Attorney,
State Board of Education, and
State House of Representatives

Candidate for Accepting contributions from Limits

CU Regent

District Attorney

State Board of Education

State House of Representatives

527 organizations If allowed, same limits as natural persons
Businesses (other than corporations)
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Candidate committees
Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions
Prohibited
Federal PACs
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Independent expenditure committees
Prohibited
Issue committees
Prohibited
Natural persons
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties
$14,805
Small donor committees
Primary*
$2,250
General*
$2,250
* All major party candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Minor party candidates who appear on a primary election ballot may accept contributions for the primary and general elections. Unaffiliated and minor party candidates who do not appear on a primary election ballot may only accept contributions for the general election. The Governor and Lt. Governor are considered one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

Also see election cycle limits.

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Governor and Lt. Governor

Candidate for Accepting contributions from Limits

Governor

Lt. Governor

527 organizations If allowed, same limits as natural persons
Businesses (other than corporations)
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Candidate committees
Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions
Prohibited
Federal PACs
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Independent expenditure committees
Prohibited
Issue committees
Prohibited
Natural persons
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Political committees
Primary*
$550
General*
$550
Political parties
$569,530
Small donor committees
Primary*
$5,675
General*
$5,675
* All major party candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Minor party candidates who appear on a primary election ballot may accept contributions for the primary and general elections. Unaffiliated and minor party candidates who do not appear on a primary election ballot may only accept contributions for the general election. The Governor and Lt. Governor are considered one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

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Regional Transportation District (RTD)        

Candidate for Accepting contributions from Limits
Regional Transportation
District (RTD)
527 organizations If allowed, same limits as natural persons
Businesses (other than corporations)
No limit
Candidate committees
Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions
Prohibited
Federal PACs
No limit
Independent expenditure committees
Prohibited
Issue committees
Prohibited
Natural persons
No limit
Political committees
No limit
Political parties
No limit
Small donor committees
No limit

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State Senate

Candidate for Accepting contributions from Limits
State Senate 527 organizations If allowed, same limits as natural persons
Businesses (other than corporations)
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Candidate committees
Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions
Prohibited
Federal PACs
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Independent expenditure committees
Prohibited
Issue committees
Prohibited
Natural persons
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political committees
Primary*
$200
General*
$200
Political parties
$20,500
Small donor committees
Primary*
$2,250
General*
$2,250
* All major party candidates may accept contributions for the primary and general election. Minor party candidates who appear on a primary election ballot may accept contributions for the primary and general elections. Unaffiliated and minor party candidates who do not appear on a primary election ballot may only accept contributions for the general election. The Governor and Lt. Governor are considered one committee and the contribution and spending limits for governor apply to the joint committee.

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Issue committee

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Issue committee 527 organizations No limits
Businesses (other than corporations) No limits
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions No limits
Federal PACs No limits
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee [1] No limits
Natural persons No limits
Political committees [1] Prohibited
Political parties No limits
Small donor committees Prohibited

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Independent expenditure committee

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Independent expenditure committee 527 organizations No limits
Businesses (other than corporations) No limits
Candidate committees No limits
Corporations and labor unions No limits
Federal PACs No limits
Independent expenditure committees No limits
Issue committee [1] Prohibited
Natural persons No limits
Political committees [1] No limits
Political parties No limits
Small donor committees No limits

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Political committee
Per State House of Representatives election cycle

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Political committee 527 organizations $550
Businesses (other than corporations) $550
Candidate committees $550*
Corporations and labor unions $550
Federal PACs $550
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee [1] Prohibited
Natural persons $550
Political committees [1] $550
Political parties $550
Small donor committees $550
* Only if the stated purpose of the political committee includes supporting the candidate who is contributing.

Also see election cycle limits.

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Political party
Per calendar year

Party Accepting contributions from Limits
Political Party 527 organizations $3,400*
Businesses (other than corporations) $3,400*
Candidate committees $3,400*
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs $3,400*
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee [1] Prohibited
Natural persons $3,400*
Political committees [1] $3,400*
Political parties No limits if same party, otherwise $3,400*
Small donor committees $17,075**

* State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $2,825 may be given to the state party.

** State, county, district, & local levels combined of which no more than $14,225 may be given to the state party.

Also see election cycle limits.

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Small donor committee
Per calendar year

Committee Accepting contributions from Limits
Small donor committee 527 organizations Prohibited
Businesses (other than corporations) Prohibited
Candidate committees Prohibited
Corporations and labor unions Prohibited
Federal PACs Prohibited
Independent expenditure committees Prohibited
Issue committee [1] Prohibited
Natural persons $50
Political committees [1] Prohibited
Political parties Prohibited
Small donor committees Prohibited

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[1] Also see Campaign Finance Rule 3.1 and Rule 4 for more information relating to issue and political committee contributions.