As 2019 begins, new California state campaign contribution and gift limits are set to take effect on January 1. These new limits will be in effect for the next biennial period, until the end of 2020. Keep in mind that these are not the only new laws which may affect your 2019 political and lobbying activities. From complicated new advertising disclaimer rules to new reporting requirements for expenditures on local ballot measures, next year provides plenty of reasons to call your compliance team.
New Campaign Contribution Limits
The limits on campaign contributions from individuals, businesses, unions and PACs to state-level candidates and political parties have increased for the next two years; please note that most cities and counties place their own, lower limits on contributions to candidates running in their jurisdictions:
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New Gift Limit
The “gift” limit applicable to state and local public officials has also increased for the next two years (though several local jurisdictions have their own, lower gift limits): Old Gift Limit was $470/calendar year and the new limit is $500/calendar year.
Please contact a Sutton Law Firm attorney or Political Compliance Specialist if you have any questions about these new contribution and gift limits or other new 2019 election and lobbying laws.
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THIS ALERT IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.
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