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FEC Increases Contribution Limits for 2014

The Federal Election Commission increased the limits on contributions that individuals can give to candidates for federal office and national party committees in the 2014 election cycle.

Individual donors can now contribute up to $2,600 to a candidate in both the primary and general elections — $5,200 total — and $32,400 per calendar year to national party committees. The total amount of federal contributions that an individual can give during a two-year cycle also increased to $123,200, including $48,600 to candidates and $74,600 to parties and political action committees.

Those and other contribution limit figures are indexed for inflation as directed in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, better known as McCain-Feingold, and generally increase with every election cycle.

The individual donation to candidates has gone up about $100 per election — from $2,100 in the 2006 cycle to $2,300 in 2008, $2,400 in 2010 and $2,500 in 2012. Individual donation limits to national party committees was $30,800 per calendar year in 2012 and $26,700 in 2006.

This cycle, the limit on national party contributions to Senate candidates went up to $45,400. They were limited to $43,100 in 2012 and $37,300 in 2006.

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