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Contribution Limits

Limits on Contributions to Candidates
  PRIMARY GENERAL TOTAL
Gubernatorial – Party Candidates $1,575 $1,575 $3,150
Gubernatorial – Unenrolled Candidates N/A $1,575 $1,575
       
Legislative - Party Candidates $375 $375 $750
Legislative - Unenrolled Candidates N/A $375 $375
 
County - Party Candidates $775 $775 $1,550
County - Unenrolled Candidates N/A $775 $775
 
Municipal Candidates N/A $775 $775


Effective January 23, 2015, the contribution limit for candidates for Governor was increased by $75, from $1,500 to $1,575, and the contribution limit for candidates for county and municipal offices was increased by $25, from $750 to $775. The contribution limit for candidates for the Legislature did not change and remains $375 per election. (21-A M.R.S. § 1015(1) & (2))

A contributor may give up to the contribution limit in each election.

The limits apply to all types of contributors, including individuals, organizations, businesses, unions, political action committees, and party committees.

Contributions made to a particular candidate that are earmarked or directed through an intermediary such as a PAC or a party committee are considered contributions to the candidate, and are subject to the contribution limits.

The contribution limits apply to municipal candidates in certain towns and cities.

Note: An unenrolled candidate is a candidate who is not enrolled in one of the three officially recognized political parties in Maine (Democratic, Green - Independent, and Republican Parties). They are often referred to as "independent candidates."