With data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, we've created a tool to sort, filter, and compare individual campaign contributors.
The Individual Campaign Contributions Database contains each contribution from an individual to a political campaign committee if the contribution was at least $200. Although contributions of less than $200 are typically not itemized and would not be included in this database, they may be listed if they are part of smaller contributions from an individual that reach or exceed the $200 threshold within a given election year.
Contribution Limits to Candidates and Committees for the 2014 Election Year:
Note: Contribution limits are indexed to inflation and are subject to change between election years.
An individual may give a maximum of:
- $2,600 per election per candidate for federal office (President, House, Senate)or the candidate's campaign committee. Notice that the limit applies separately to each election. Primaries, runoffs and general elections are considered separate elections.
- $5,000 per calendar year to a PAC. This limit applies to a PAC (Political Action Committee) that supports federal candidates. PACs are neither party committees nor candidate committees. Some PACs are sponsored by corporations and unions, such as trade, industry, or labor PACs. Other PACs, often ideological, do not have a corporate or labor sponsor and are therefore called non-connected PACs. PACs use your contributions to make their own contributions to federal candidates and to fund other election-related activities.
- $10,000 per calendar year to a state or local party committee. A state party committee shares its limits with local party committees in that state unless a local committee's independence can be demonstrated.
- $32,400 per calendar year to a national party committee. This limit applies separately to a party's national committee, House campaign committee and Senate campaign committee (e.g. Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee).
- $123,200 total biennial limit. This limits an individual to spending $123,200 in total contributions to federal candidates and federal political committees over the course of two years (i.e. one election cycle). Of the $123,200, an individual may contribute no more than $48,600 to all candidates and no more than $74,600 to all PACs and parties. (Furthermore, no more than $48,600 of that $74,600 may be given to committees that are not national party committees.)
Independent expenditures, often funneled through Super PACs like American Crossroads andPriorities USA Action, provide yet another way to support federal candidates. An independent expenditure is money spent for an electioneering communication that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified Federal candidate. It is "independent" only if the individual making the expenditure does not coordinate or consult in any way with the candidate or campaign (or agent of the candidate or campaign) benefiting from the communication. Independent expenditures are not considered contributions and are unlimited.
View the Federal Election Commission's Citizens' Guide for more information on campaign contributions.
To learn about the acronyms, abbreviations, initials, and common names behind federal PACs, view the FEC's Pacronyms Database.