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Price Index Increases for Expenditure Limitations

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AGENCY:

Federal Election Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of expenditure limitation increases.

SUMMARY:

As mandated by provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (“BCRA”), the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “the Commission”) is adjusting certain expenditure limitations set forth in the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (“FECA” or “the Act”), to account for increases in the consumer price index. Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.

Effective Date:

January 1, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Kevin R. Salley, Information Division, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463; (202) 694-1100 or (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 [1] , coordinated party expenditure limits (2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(2), (3)(A) and (B)) are adjusted annually by the increase in the consumer price index. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c)(1), 11 CFR 109.32 and 11 CFR 110.17. The Commission is publishing this notice to announce these limits for 2008.

Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2008

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 in States with More Than One Congressional District.

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 in States with more than one congressional district. This limitation also applies to those States that elect individuals to the office of Delegate or Resident Commissioner.[2] The formula used to calculate the expenditure limitation in such States multiplies the base figure of $10,000 by the price index (4.205), rounding to the nearest $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(3)(B) and 11 CFR 109.32(b). Based upon this formula, the expenditure limitation for 2008 general elections for House candidates in these States is $42,100.

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2. Expenditure Limitation for Senate and for House of Representatives in States With Only One Congressional District

Both the national and state party committees have an expenditure limitation for a general election held to fill a seat in the Senate or in the House of Representatives in States with only one congressional district. The formula used to calculate this expenditure limitation considers not only the price index but also the voting age population (“VAP”) of the state. The VAP of each state is published annually in the Federal Register by the Department of Commerce. 11 CFR 110.18. The general election expenditure limitation is the greater of: the base figure ($20,000) multiplied by the price index (which totals $84,100); or $0.02 multiplied by the VAP of the state, multiplied by the price index. Amounts are rounded to the nearest $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(3)(A) and 11 CFR 109.32(b). The chart below provides the state-by-state breakdown of the 2008 general election expenditure limitations for Senate elections. The expenditure limit for 2008 House elections in states with only one congressional district [3] is $84,100.

Senate General Election Expenditure Limitations—2008 Elections

StateVAP (in thousands)VAP × .02 × the price index (4.205)Senate expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $84,100)
Alabama3,504$294,700$294,700
Alaska50142,10084,100
Arizona4,669392,700392,700
Arkansas2,134179,500179,500
California27,1692,284,9002,284,900
Colorado3,669308,600308,600
Connecticut2,682225,600225,600
Delaware65955,40084,100
Florida14,2081,194,9001,194,900
Georgia7,013589,800589,800
Hawaii99883,90084,100
Idaho1,09291,80091,800
Illinois9,653811,800811,800
Indiana4,759400,200400,200
Iowa2,277191,500191,500
Kansas2,080174,900174,900
Kentucky3,238272,300272,300
Louisiana3,214270,300270,300
Maine1,03887,30087,300
Maryland4,260358,300358,300
Massachusetts5,017421,900421,900
Michigan7,625641,300641,300
Minnesota3,937331,100331,100
Mississippi2,150180,800180,800
Missouri4,454374,600374,600
Montana73862,10084,100
Nebraska1,328111,700111,700
Nevada1,905160,200160,200
New Hampshire1,01885,60085,600
New Jersey6,622556,900556,900
New Mexico1,470123,600123,600
New York14,8841,251,7001,251,700
North Carolina6,843575,500575,500
North Dakota49741,80084,100
Ohio8,715732,900732,900
Oklahoma2,718228,600228,600
Oregon2,885242,600242,600
Pennsylvania9,646811,200811,200
Rhode Island82569,40084,100
South Carolina3,348281,600281,600
South Dakota59950,40084,100
Tennessee4,685394,000394,000
Texas17,2811,453,3001,453,300
Utah1,829153,800153,800
Vermont49041,20084,100
Virginia5,886495,000495,000
Washington4,932414,800414,800
West Virginia1,425119,800119,800
Wisconsin4,280359,900359,900
Wyoming39733,40084,100
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3. Expenditure Limitation for President

The national party committees have an expenditure limitation for their general election nominee for President. The formula used to calculate the Presidential expenditure limitation considers not only the price index but also the total VAP of the United States. The Department of Commerce also publishes the total VAP of the United States annually in the Federal Register. 11 CFR 110.18. The formula used to calculate this expenditure limitation is $0.02 multiplied by the total VAP of the United States (227,719,424), multiplied by the price index. Amounts are rounded to the nearest $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(2) and 11 CFR 109.32(a). Based upon this formula, the expenditure limitation for 2008 Presidential nominees is $19,151,200.

Contribution Limitations for Individuals, Non-Multicandidate Committees and for Certain Political Party Committees Giving to U.S. Senate Candidates for the 2007-2008 Election Cycle

For the convenience of the readers, the Commission is also republishing the contribution limitations for individuals, non-multicandidate committees and for certain political party committees giving to U.S. Senate candidates for the 2007-2008 election cycle:

Statutory provisionStatutory amount2007-2008 limitation
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A)$2,000$2,300.
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B)$25,000$28,500.
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(3)(A)$37,500$42,700.
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(3)(B)$57,500 (of which no more than $37,500 may be attributable to contributions to political committees that are not political committees of national political parties)$65,500 (of which no more than $42,700 may be attributable to contributions to political committees that are not political committees of national political parties).
2 U.S.C. 441a(h)$35,000$39,900.
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Dated: February 7, 2008.

David M. Mason,

Chairman, Federal Election Commission.

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Footnotes

1.  Public Law No. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81 (Mar. 27, 2002).

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2.  Currently, these States include the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands. See http://www.house.gov/​house/​MemberWWW_​by_​State.shtml and http://about.dc.gov/​statehood.asp.

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3.  Currently, these states are: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. See http://www.house.gov/​house/​MemberWWW_​by_​State.shtml.

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[FR Doc. 08-695 Filed 2-13-08; 8:45 am]

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