The personal funds of a candidate contributed to his or her own campaign are not subject to any overall contribution limit, but may not exceed the respective $5,000 or $50,000 restriction imposed during the 21 days preceding the general election. Nevertheless, even though there is no limit on the amount a candidate may give his or her own campaign, there is a restriction on how much the candidate may loan the campaign and be repaid.
Contributions to a candidate from his or her spouse are subject to the per election limit on contributions from individuals.
By administrative rule [WAC 390-17-305], the personal funds of a candidate are as follows:
Gifts and loans received by the candidate that are in any way connected to his or her campaign, even remotely, are considered contributions from the original donor and are subject to limit. Exception: a written loan agreement entered into by the candidate with a commercial lending institution that is made in the ordinary course of business on the same terms regularly available to the general public, and that is not guaranteed or co-signed by anyone else. If a candidate's committee repays a commercial loan made to the candidate, that repayment may not exceed $6,000 per election. A commercial loan to a candidate's committee is presumed to be guaranteed by the candidate and repayment by the committee may also not exceed $6,000 per election.