State Level Offices

Contribution Limits For State Level Office

Contribution Limits The Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) establishes contribution limits for publicly elected offices in Michigan. This means that candidates running for office are limited in what they are allowed to accept from individuals and groups in an election cycle and these same individuals and groups are limited in what they can contribute to a candidate in an election cycle. To understand the contribution limits, we must establish an understanding of elections cycles.

Election Cycles are time frames provided in the MCFA to accumulate contributions and expenditures for reporting purposes and to avoid violating the MCFA by accepting or making an excess contribution. Contribution limits for all offices are based on the election cycle of the office.

If you are using the MERTS Software, the election cycles must be entered properly for the software to accumulate contributions and expenditures properly. See MERTS User Guide for more information concerning the MERTS Software.

Determining the Election Cycle for a Campaign

  • For a general election, the election cycle begins the day following the last general election in which the office appeared on the ballot and ends on the day of the next general election in which the office appears on the ballot.
  • For a special election the election cycle begins the day the special general election is called or the date the office becomes vacant (which ever is earlier) and ends on the day of the special general election.

State Level Offices

Contributor⇒ Office↓Individual Contribution LimitPolitical (PAC) Committee Contribution LimitIndepdendent (PAC) Committee Contribution LimitCaucus (PAC) Committee Contribution LimitDistrict Political Party Committee Contribution LimitCounty Political Party Committee Contribution LimitState Political Party Committee Contribution Limit
Governor and Lt. Governor — With Public Funding$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$30,000$30,000$750,000
Governor and Lt. Governor — Without Public Funding$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
Secretary of State$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
Attorney General$6,800$6,800$68,000$ 68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
State Senate$2,000$2,000$20,000**Unlimited$20,000$20,000$20,000
State Representative$1,000$1,000$10,000**Unlimited$10,000$10,000$10,000
State Board of Education$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
University of Michigan Regents$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
Michigan State University Trustees$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000
Wayne State University Governors$6,800$6,800$68,000$68,000$68,000$68,000$136,000

** A Senate or House Caucus committee is prohibited from making a contribution to or an expenditure on behalf of a State Representative or State Senate candidate if the candidate is running against opposition in a primary.


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