The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted on Thursday higher political contribution limits and public officer gift limits for the 2023-2024 political cycle. The new limits take effect on January 1, 2023.
Under the new limits, an individual, business entity, or committee/PAC can contribute $5,500 per election to candidates for state legislature, up from $4,900. This means that individuals may generally give $11,000 per candidate per cycle, because the primary and general are considered separate elections. The same limit also applies to a candidate for local office unless the locality has adopted its own limits. The limit on contributions from an individual, business entity, or committee/PAC to a candidate for governor also increased, from $32,400 to $36,400 per election. The limit on contributions to PACs that contribute to candidates increased from $8,100 to $9,100 per year, though PACs can also have a separate, noncontribution account with no limit.
The following chart has additional details on the limits for individuals in 2023 and 2024:
An individual, business entity, or committee/PAC may contribute to…
|Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Controller, Supt. of Public Instruction, Insurance Commissioner, and Board of Equalization||$9,100||per election|
|Senate and Assembly||$5,500||per election|
|City and County Candidates if no locally enacted limit||$5,500||per election|
|Committee (PAC), other than a Political Party, that contributes to State Candidates||$9,100||per calendar year|
|Political Party Account for State Candidates||$45,500||per calendar year|
|Small Contributor Committee||$200||per calendar year|
|Committee Non-Contribution Account||No Limit||per calendar year|