Campaign Finance: Contribution Limits

Limits for All State and Local Offices


Contribution limitations apply cumulatively to the entire primary and election campaign in which the candidate participates, whether or not there is a contested primary election.

 

Individual Contributor

Candidate Committee

Political Action Committee

Governor

$20,000 $20,000 $86,000

Lieutenant Governor

$20,000 $20,000 $26,000

Secretary of State

$20,000 $20,000 $18,000

State Treasurer

$20,000 $20,000 $18,000

Attorney General

$20,000 $20,000 $44,000

Superintendent of Public Instruction

$20,000 $20,000 $18,000

Supreme Court

$20,000 $20,000 $18,000

State Senator

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000

State Assembly Representative

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Appeals Judge (Populous Districts)

$6,000 $6,000 $6,000

Appeals Judge (Other Districts)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Circuit Judge (Populous Area)

$6,000 $6,000 $6,000

Circuit Judge (Other Area)

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000

District Attorney (Populous Area)

$6,000 $6,000 $6,000

District Attorney (Other Area)

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Local Offices*

  • For districts with a population of 25,000 or fewer, $500
  • For districts with a population of 25,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $6,000

  • For districts with a population of 25,000 or fewer, $500
  • For districts with a population of 25,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $6,000

  • For districts with a population of 20,000 or fewer, $400
  • For districts with a population of 20,001 or greater, $.02 times the population, up to $5,000

*The latest federal census or the census information on which the district is based should be used to determine population (§ 11.1101(1)(h)2).


Corporations, Associations, Labor Organizations, & American Indian Tribes


Corporations, associations, labor organizations, and American Indian tribes are prohibited from contributing to candidate committees, political action committees, and primary funds of political party and legislative campaign committees. These entities may contribute to independent expenditure committees and referendum committees in unlimited amounts, and may contribute up to $12,000 per calendar year to a segregated fund account of a political party committee or a legislative campaign committee.

Political Action Committees and Party Committees


  • Political action committees (PACs) may make unlimited contributions to other PACs

  • PACs may contribute up to $12,000 to a political party committee in a calendar year

  • Party committees may make unlimited contributions to PACs

  • Party committees may make unlimited contributions to other party committees

  • Party committees may make unlimited contributions to candidate committees

  • Individuals may make unlimited contributions to PACs and party committees

Populous Areas for Appeals Judge, Circuit Court, and District Attorney


Appeals Judge

Populous districts are districts with more than 500,000 residents. District 1 is the only district that has more than 500,000 residents as of the 2010 US Census.

Circuit Court & District Attorney

A populous area is an area with more than 300,000 residents. Dane, Milwaukee, and Wakesha counties are the only three counties that have more than 300,000 residents as of the 2010 US Census.