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Contribution Limits (effective 1/1/2017)

Limits on Contributions to Candidates
  PRIMARY GENERAL TOTAL
Gubernatorial – Party Candidates $1,600 $1,600 $3,200

Gubernatorial – Unenrolled Candidates

N/A $1,600 $1,600
       
Legislative - Party Candidates $400 $400 $800
Legislative - Unenrolled Candidates N/A $400 $400
 
County - Party Candidates $800 $800 $1,600
County - Unenrolled Candidates N/A $800 $800
 
Municipal Candidates N/A $800 $800


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 four officially recognized political parties in Maine (Democratic, Green-Independent, Libertarian, and Republican Parties). Unenrolled candidates are often referred to as "independent candidates."