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Price Index Increases for Coordinated Party Expenditure Limitations

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AGENCY:

Federal Election Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of coordinated party expenditure limit increases.

SUMMARY:

As mandated by provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (“BCRA”), the Federal Election Commission (“the Commission”) is adjusting the coordinated party expenditure limits set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, to account for increases in the consumer price index.

Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.

DATES:

Effective Date: The effective date for the limits is January 1, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Gregory J. Scott, Information Division, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463; Telephone: (202) 694-1100; Toll Free (800) 424-9530.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, 2 U.S.C. 431 et seq., as amended by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, Public Law 107-155, 116 Stat. 81 (March 27, 2002), coordinated party expenditure limits (2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(3)(A) and (B)) are adjusted annually by the consumer price index. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c)(1). The Commission is publishing this notice to announce the limits for 2006.

Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2006

Under 2 U.S.C. 441a(c), the Commission must adjust the expenditure limitations established by 2 U.S.C. 441a(d) (the limits on expenditures by national party committees, State party committees, or their subordinate committees in connection with the general election campaign of candidates for Federal office) annually to account for inflation. This expenditure limitation is increased by the percent difference between the price index, as certified to the Commission by the Secretary of Labor, for the 12 months preceding the beginning of the calendar year and the price index for the base period (calendar year 1974).

1. Expenditure Limitation for House of Representatives

Both the national and state party committees have an expenditure limitation for each general election held to fill a seat in the House of Representatives. The formula used to calculate the expenditure limitation in a state with more than one congressional district multiplies the base figure of $10,000 by the price index (3.961), rounding to the nearest $100. Based upon this formula, the expenditure limitation for 2006 House elections in those states is $39,600. The formula used to calculate the expenditure limitation in a state with only one congressional district multiplies the base figure of $20,000 by the price index (3.961), rounding to the nearest $100. Based upon this formula, the expenditure limitation for 2006 House elections in these states is $79,200.

2. Expenditure Limitation for Senate

Both the national and state party committees have an expenditure limitation for a general election held to fill a seat in the Senate. The formula used to calculate the Senate expenditure Start Printed Page 14219limitation considers not only the price index but also the voting age population (“VAP”) of the state. The expenditure limitation is the greater of: the base figure ($20,000) multiplied by the price index (which totals $79,200); or $0.02 multiplied by the VAP of the state, multiplied by the price index. Amounts are rounded to the nearest $100. The chart below provides the state-by-state breakdown of the 2006 expenditure limitations for Senate elections.

Senate Expenditure Limitations.—2006 Elections

StateVAP (in thousands)VAP × .02 multiplied by the price index (3.961)Expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $79,200)
Alabama3,468$274,700$274,700
Alaska47537,60079,200
Arizona4,359345,300345,300
Arkansas2,104166,700166,700
California26,4302,093,8002,093,800
Colorado3,485276,100276,100
Connecticut2,675211,900211,900
Delaware64851,30079,200
Florida13,7221,087,1001,087,100
Georgia6,710531,600531,600
Hawaii97577,20079,200
Idaho1,05583,60083,600
Illinois9,522754,300754,300
Indiana4,669369,900369,900
Iowa2,296181,900181,900
Kansas2,070164,000164,000
Kentucky3,193252,900252,900
Louisiana3,376267,400267,400
Maine1,04482,70082,700
Maryland4,197332,500332,500
Massachusetts4,941391,400391,400
Michigan7,597601,800601,800
Minnesota3,903309,200309,200
Mississippi2,173172,100172,100
Missouri4,422350,300350,300
Montana73157,90079,200
Nebraska1,327105,100105,100
Nevada1,794142,100142,100
New Hampshire1,00779,80079,800
New Jersey6,556519,400519,400
New Mexico1,439114,000114,000
New York14,7091,165,2001,165,200
North Carolina6,542518,300518,300
North Dakota50039,60079,200
Ohio8,705689,600689,600
Oklahoma2,695213,500213,500
Oregon2,791221,100221,100
Pennsylvania9,613761,500761,500
Rhode Island83165,80079,200
South Carolina3,228255,700255,700
South Dakota58846,60079,200
Tennessee4,572362,200362,200
Texas16,5341,309,8001,309,800
Utah1,727136,800136,800
Vermont49038,80079,200
Virginia5,743455,000455,000
Washington4,803380,500380,500
West Virginia1,434113,600113,600
Wisconsin4,240335,900335,900
Wyoming39531,30079,200
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Dated: March 14, 2006.

Michael E. Toner,

Chairman, Federal Election Commission.

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[FR Doc. E6-4052 Filed 3-20-06; 8:45 am]

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