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Price Index Adjustments for Contribution and Expenditure Limitations and Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold

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AGENCY:

Federal Election Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of adjustments to contribution and 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 contribution and 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: The effective date for the limitation at 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A) is November 7, 2012. The effective date for the limitations at 2 U.S.C. 434(i)(3)(A), 441a(a)(1)(B), Start Printed Page 8531441a(a)(3), 441a(d) and 441a(h) is January 1, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Elizabeth S. Kurland, 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., coordinated party expenditure limits (2 U.S.C. 441a(d)(2) and (3)(A), (B)), certain contribution limits (2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A) and (B), (a)(3) and (h)), 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 2013

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 and territories that elect individuals to the office of Delegate or Resident Commissioner.[1] 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 (4.65647), 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 2013 general elections for House candidates in these states is $46,600.

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, 4.65647 (which totals $93,100); or $0.02 multiplied by the VAP of the state, multiplied by 4.65647. 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 2013 general election expenditure limitation for Senate elections. The expenditure limitation for 2013 House elections in states with only one congressional district [2] is $93,100.

Senate General Election Expenditure Limits—2013 Elections

StateVoting age population (VAP)VAP × .02 × the price index (4.65647)Senate expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $93,100)
Alabama3,697,617$344,400$344,400
Alaska544,34950,70093,100
Arizona4,932,361459,300459,300
Arkansas2,238,250208,400208,400
California28,801,2112,682,2002,682,200
Colorado3,956,224368,400368,400
Connecticut2,796,789260,500260,500
Delaware712,04266,30093,100
Florida15,315,0881,426,3001,426,300
Georgia7,429,820691,900691,900
Hawaii1,089,302101,400101,400
Idaho1,169,075108,900108,900
Illinois9,811,190913,700913,700
Indiana4,945,857460,600460,600
Iowa2,351,233219,000219,000
Kansas2,161,601201,300201,300
Kentucky3,362,177313,100313,100
Louisiana3,484,090324,500324,500
Maine1,063,27499,00099,000
Maryland4,540,763422,900422,900
Massachusetts5,244,729488,400488,400
Michigan7,616,490709,300709,300
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Minnesota4,102,991382,100382,100
Mississippi2,239,593208,600208,600
Missouri4,618,513430,100430,100
Montana783,16172,90093,100
Nebraska1,392,120129,600129,600
Nevada2,095,348195,100195,100
New Hampshire1,045,87897,40097,400
New Jersey6,838,206636,800636,800
New Mexico1,571,096146,300146,300
New York15,307,1071,425,5001,425,500
North Carolina7,465,545695,300695,300
North Dakota545,02050,80093,100
Ohio8,880,551827,000827,000
Oklahoma2,877,457268,000268,000
Oregon3,038,729283,000283,000
Pennsylvania10,024,150933,500933,500
Rhode Island833,81877,70093,100
South Carolina3,643,633339,300339,300
South Dakota629,18558,60093,100
Tennessee4,962,227462,100462,100
Texas19,073,5641,776,3001,776,300
Utah1,967,315183,200183,200
Vermont502,06046,80093,100
Virginia6,329,130589,400589,400
Washington5,312,045494,700494,700
West Virginia1,471,372137,000137,000
Wisconsin4,408,841410,600410,600
Wyoming440,92241,10093,100

Limitations on Contributions by Individuals, Non-Multicandidate Committees and Certain Political Party Committees Giving to U.S. Senate Candidates for the 2013-2014 Election Cycle

The Act requires inflation indexing to: (1) The limitations on contributions made by persons under 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A) (contributions to candidates) and 441a(a)(1)(B) (contributions to national party committees); (2) the biennial aggregate contribution limitations applicable to individuals under 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(3); and (3) the limitation on contributions made to U.S. Senate candidates by certain political party committees at 2 U.S.C. 441a(h). See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c). These contribution limitations are increased by multiplying the respective statutory contribution amount by 1.29668, 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 2001). The resulting amount is rounded to the nearest multiple of $100. See 2 U.S.C. 441a(c) and 11 CFR 110.17(b). Contribution limitations shall be adjusted accordingly:

Statutory provisionStatutory amount2013-2014 Limit
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A)$2,000$2,600.
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B)$25,000$32,400.
2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(3)(A)$37,500$48,600.
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)$74,600 (of which no more than $48,600 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$45,400.

The increased limitation at 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(A) is to be in effect for the two-year period beginning on the first day following the date of the general election in the preceding year and ending on the date of the next regularly scheduled election. Thus the $2,600 figure above is in effect from November 7, 2012, to November 4, 2014. The limitations under 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B), 441a(a)(3)(A) and (B), and 441a(h), shall be in effect beginning January 1st of the odd-numbered year and ending on December 31st of the next even-numbered year. Thus the new contribution limitations under 2 U.S.C. 441a(a)(1)(B), 441a(a)(3)(A) and (B), and 441a(h) are in effect from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014. See 11 CFR 110.17(b)(1).Start Printed Page 8533

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold for 2013

The Act 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 1.13887, 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 × 1.13887), the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold for calendar year 2013 is $17,100.

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On behalf of the Commission.

Dated: January 31, 2013.

Ellen L. Weintraub,

Chair, Federal Election Commission.

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Footnotes

1.  Currently, these states are 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/​representatives/​.

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2.  Currently, these states are: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. See http://www.house.gov/​representatives/​.

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