Contribution Limits

What is a Contributor?

A contributor may be an individual, a corporation, another candidate's political committee, an unincorporated union or trade organization, a PAC or any other entity such as a League or association, etc.

A limited liability company is treated as an individual. Sole proprietors' contributions are from the owner and must be listed as such. Partnership contributions are contributions from the partners individually, but they are not listed individually until the partnership contribution exceeds $2500. Then complete Schedule O. With no other information available, checks drawn on a joint account are assumed given by the signatory.

The funds of a candidate and the spouse of the candidate spent on the campaign are not contributions and are not limited. They must be reported, however.

The New York State Election Law places aggregate calendar year limits on the amount of political contributions that can be made by individuals and corporationsto New York State candidates and committees, as follows:

  • A corporation may contribute up to a total of $5,000.00 in a calendar year.
  • Each affiliated or subsidiary corporation, if a separate legal entity, has its own limit

Visit the NYS Board of Elections for more details!