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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 Start Printed Page 7191disclosure 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, 2014.

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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, 2 U.S.C. 431 et seq., 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)(B) and 441a(c)(1), 11 CFR 104.22(g), 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 2014

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 subordinate committees of state party 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 (4.72469), 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 2014 general elections for House candidates in these states is $47,200.

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, 4.72469 (which totals $94,500); or $0.02 multiplied by the VAP of the state, multiplied by 4.72469. 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 2014 general election expenditure limitation for Senate elections. The expenditure limitation for 2014 House elections in states with only one congressional district [2] is $94,500.

Senate General Election Expenditure Limits—2014 Elections

StateVoting age population (VAP)VAP x .02 x the price index (4.72469)Senate expenditure limit (the greater of the amount in column 3 or $94,500)
Alabama3,722,241$351,700$351,700
Alaska547,00051,70094,500
Arizona5,009,810473,400473,400
Arkansas2,249,507212,600212,600
California29,157,6442,755,2002,755,200
Colorado4,030,435380,900380,900
Connecticut2,810,514265,600265,600
Delaware722,19168,20094,500
Florida15,526,1861,467,1001,467,100
Georgia7,502,458708,900708,900
Hawaii1,096,788103,600103,600
Idaho1,184,355111,900111,900
Illinois9,858,828931,600931,600
Indiana4,984,875471,000471,000
Iowa2,366,384223,600223,600
Kansas2,169,865205,000205,000
Kentucky3,381,291319,500319,500
Louisiana3,512,513331,900331,900
Maine1,067,026100,800100,800
Maryland4,584,292433,200433,200
Massachusetts5,298,878500,700500,700
Michigan7,650,421722,900722,900
Minnesota4,141,269391,300391,300
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Mississippi2,253,775213,000213,000
Missouri4,646,486439,100439,100
Montana791,18474,80094,500
Nebraska1,404,168132,700132,700
Nevada2,128,531201,100201,100
New Hampshire1,052,33799,40099,400
New Jersey6,877,222649,900649,900
New Mexico1,577,747149,100149,100
New York15,411,1511,456,3001,456,300
North Carolina7,562,455714,600714,600
North Dakota560,70553,00094,500
Ohio8,920,978843,000843,000
Oklahoma2,903,541274,400274,400
Oregon3,072,459290,300290,300
Pennsylvania10,058,156950,400950,400
Rhode Island837,52479,10094,500
South Carolina3,695,041349,200349,200
South Dakota636,91860,20094,500
Tennessee5,004,401472,900472,900
Texas19,406,2071,833,8001,833,800
Utah2,004,283189,400189,400
Vermont503,92947,60094,500
Virginia6,395,870604,400604,400
Washington5,375,611508,000508,000
West Virginia1,472,626139,200139,200
Wisconsin4,434,937419,100419,100
Wyoming444,97942,00094,500

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

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 2013-2014 election cycle:

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.

Lobbyist Bundling Disclosure Threshold for 2014

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 1.15555, 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 × 1.15555), the lobbyist bundling disclosure threshold for calendar year 2014 is $17,300.

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On behalf of the Commission.

Dated: January 30, 2014.

Lee E. Goodman,

Chairman, 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/​house/​MemberWWW_​by_​State.shtml and http://about.dc.gov/​statehood.asp.

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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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[FR Doc. 2014-02453 Filed 2-5-14; 8:45 am]

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