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Price Index Adjustments for Expenditure Limitations and Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold

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AGENCY:

Federal Election Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of adjustments to expenditure limitations and lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold.

SUMMARY:

As mandated by provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (“FECA” or “the Act”), the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “the Commission”) is adjusting certain expenditure limitations and the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold set forth in the Act, to index the amounts for inflation. Additional details appear in the supplemental information that follows.

DATES:

Effective Date: January 1, 2010.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Greg J. Scott or 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] and the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007,[2] coordinated party expenditure limits (2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(2) and (3)(A), (B)) and the disclosure threshold for contributions bundled by lobbyists (2 U.S.C. 434(i)(3)(A)) are adjusted periodically to reflect changes in the consumer price index. See 2 U.S.C. 434(i)(3) and 441a(c)(1), and 11 CFR 109.32 and 110.17(a), (f). The Commission is publishing this notice to announce the adjusted limits and disclosure threshold.

Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2010

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 4.35110, which reflects the 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 Start Printed Page 8354Representatives 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.[3] The formula used to calculate the expenditure limitation in such States multiplies the base figure of $10,000 by the difference in the price index (4.35110), rounding to the nearest $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c)(1)(B) and 441a(d)(3)(B), and 11 CFR 109.32(b) and 110.17. Based upon this formula, the expenditure limitation for 2010 general elections for House candidates in these States is $43,500.

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 difference in the price index, 4.35110 (which totals $87,000); or $0.02 multiplied by the VAP of the state, multiplied by 4.35110. Amounts are rounded to the nearest $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c)(1)(B) and 441a(d)(3)(A), and 11 CFR 109.32(b) and 110.17. The chart below provides the state-by-state breakdown of the 2010 general election expenditure limitations for Senate elections. The expenditure limit for 2010 House elections in states with only one congressional district [4] is $87,000.

Senate General Election Expenditure Limitations—2010 Elections

StateVAP (in thousands)VAP × .02 × the price index (4.35110)Senate expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $87,000)
Alabama3,580$311,500$311,500
Alaska51544,80087,000
Arizona4,864423,300423,300
Arkansas2,180189,700189,700
California27,5262,395,4002,395,400
Colorado3,797330,400330,400
Connecticut2,710235,800235,800
Delaware67859,00087,000
Florida14,4801,260,1001,260,100
Georgia7,245630,500630,500
Hawaii1,00587,50087,500
Idaho1,12798,10098,100
Illinois9,733847,000847,000
Indiana4,834420,700420,700
Iowa2,295199,700199,700
Kansas2,114184,000184,000
Kentucky3,300287,200287,200
Louisiana3,369293,200293,200
Maine1,04791,10091,100
Maryland4,348378,400378,400
Massachusetts5,161449,100449,100
Michigan7,620663,100663,100
Minnesota4,005348,500348,500
Mississippi2,184190,100190,100
Missouri4,556396,500396,500
Montana75565,70087,000
Nebraska1,345117,000117,000
Nevada1,962170,700170,700
New Hampshire1,03690,20090,200
New Jersey6,662579,700579,700
New Mexico1,499130,400130,400
New York15,1171,315,5001,315,500
North Carolina7,103618,100618,100
North Dakota50343,80087,000
Ohio8,828768,200768,200
Oklahoma2,769241,000241,000
Oregon2,953257,000257,000
Pennsylvania9,830855,400855,400
Rhode Island82671,90087,000
South Carolina3,481302,900302,900
South Dakota61353,30087,000
Tennessee4,803418,000418,000
Texas17,8861,556,5001,556,500
Utah1,916166,700166,700
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Vermont49543,10087,000
Virginia6,035525,200525,200
Washington5,095443,400443,400
West Virginia1,433124,700124,700
Wisconsin4,345378,100378,100
Wyoming41235,90087,000

Contribution Limitations for Individuals, Non-Multicandidate Committees and for Certain Political Party Committees Giving to U.S. Senate Candidates for the 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 election cycle:

Statutory provisionStatutory amount2009-2010 Limitation
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A)$2,000$2,400
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B)$25,000$30,400
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(3)(A)$37,500$45,600
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)$69,900 (of which no more than $45,600 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$42,600

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold for 2010

The Act, as amended by HLOGA, requires certain political committees to disclose contributions bundled by lobbyists/registrants and lobbyist/registrant political action committees once the contributions exceed a specified threshold amount. The Commission must adjust this threshold amount annually to account for inflation. The disclosure threshold is increased by multiplying the $15,000 statutory disclosure threshold by 1.06418, the 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 2006). The resulting amount is rounded to the nearest multiple of $100. See 2 U.S.C. 434(i)(3)(A) and (B), 441a(c)(1)(B) and 11 CFR 104.22(g). Based upon this formula ($15,000 × 1.06418), the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold for calendar year 2010 is $16,000, unchanged from 2009.

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On behalf of the Commission.

Dated: February 19, 2010.

Matthew S. Petersen,

Chairman, Federal Election Commission.

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Footnotes

1.  Public Law 107-155, 116 Stat. 81 (Mar. 27, 2002).

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2.  Public Law 110-81, 121 Stat. 735 (Sep. 14, 2007).

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

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4.  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. 2010-3688 Filed 2-23-10; 8:45 am]

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