Federal Election Commission.
Notice of expenditure limitation increases.
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.
January 1, 2008.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Kevin R. Salley, Information Division, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463; (202) 694-1100 or (800) 424-9530.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental 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  , 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. 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.Start Printed Page 8697
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  is $84,100.
|State||VAP (in thousands)||VAP × .02 × the price index (4.205)||Senate expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $84,100)|
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 provision||Statutory amount||2007-2008 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.|
Dated: February 7, 2008.
David M. Mason,
Chairman, Federal Election Commission.
1. Public Law No. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81 (Mar. 27, 2002).Back to Citation
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.Back to Citation
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.Back to Citation
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