Occasionally, campaigns receive funds from truly anonymous sources; that is, no one involved in the campaign knows who donated the money. Up to a point, the law allows campaigns to keep these anonymous contributions. Specifically, candidates may receive as much as $300 or one percent of the total contributions received in a calendar year, whichever is greater.
If the limit is reached, the campaign may not use or spend any additional anonymous funds received. These excess dollars must be returned to the donors if they can be identified or forfeited to the state's general fund. If the contributors cannot be identified, immediately send a check to PDC payable to the State Treasurer in the amount of the overage, along with an explanation of the circumstances surrounding receipt of excess anonymous funds.
Campaigns may not use the anonymous contribution provision to avoid identifying contributors. Names of contributors who give a total of $25 or less in the aggregate are not required to be listed on contribution reports. A private list identifying these donors and how much they've given to date must be kept by the campaign.
Contributions received in connection with a qualifying low-cost fund raiser are NOT considered anonymous donations and are not subject to the $300 or 1% limit.