Commissioner of Political Practices

Promoting confidence, transparency, and accountability in Montana's democratic processes.

Contribution Limits

STATE OF MONTANA POLITICAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS SUMMARY 

This guide is just a summary - for complete requirements, see 13-35-227, MCA and 13-37, MCA, and 44.11.226 and 227, ARM. 
Printable PDF - CLICK HERE October 2021  (Effective  October 1, 2021 - SB224

Summary of revisions to campaign contribution limits & monetary thresholds (table)

CANDIDATES

To Own Campaign: No Limit

INDIVIDUAL Human Being

To a Political Party Committee: No Limit
To a Political Action Committee: No Limit
To a Ballot Issue Committee: No Limit


To a candidate for Governor/Lt. Governor: $1000 per election
To a candidate for Other Statewide Office*: $700 per election
To a candidate for Other Public Office**: $400 per election

POLITICAL COMMITTEES

To a Political Party Committee: No Limit
To a Political Action Committee: No Limit
To a Ballot Issue Committee: No Limit

INDEPENDENT POLITICAL COMMITTEES (PACs)

To a candidate for Governor/Lt. Governor: $1000 per election
To a candidate for Other Statewide Office*: $700 per election
To a candidate for Other Public Office**: $400 per election 

AGGREGATE PAC LIMITS FOR LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

To a candidate for State Senate: No Limit 
To a candidate for State House: No Limit 

POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES (Aggregate limits from ALL political party committees)

Please Note: Political Party Committees may not contribute to candidates for judicial offices (i.e. Supreme Court Justice, District Judge, Justice of the Peace). A political party committee may endorse a candidate for judicial office and make independent expenditure relating to such an election. See Sanders County Republican Party v. Bullock, 698 F3d 741 (9th Cir, 2012).  See also personnel services exception ARM 44.11.225 (3).

To a candidate for Governor/Lt. Governor: $100,000 per election
To a candidate for Other Statewide Office*: $75,000 per election
To a candidate for Public Service Commission: $15,000 per election
To a candidate for State Senate: $3,000 per election
To all other elected offices: $2,000 per election 

CORPORATIONS OR UNIONS

May NOT contribute directly or indirectly to a candidate, § MCA 13-35-227.
 

* Other Statewide Office
  Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Supreme Court Justice, Clerk of the Supreme Court

** Other Public Office
  State District (Public Service Commissioner, State Senate, State House of Representatives, District Judge)
  County (All County Elected Officials)
  City (All City Elected Officials)
  School (All School Districts)
  Trustees


Per election -  MCA 13-37-216(5) “… election means the general election or primary election that involves two or more candidates for the same nomination.  If there is not a contested primary, there is only one election to which the contribution limits apply.  If there is a contested primary, then there are two elections to which the contribution limits apply.”

  Previous Campaign Finance Limits - 2020 Election (PDF)