Also see Contribution Limits

Background

Washington State voters enacted contribution limits in 1992 by approving Initiative 134.  The Public Disclosure Commission enforces these limits and has the authority to make inflationary adjustments at the beginning of even numbered years  Only the Legislature or the voters, through the initiative process, can make other changes to contribution limits, such as expanding or eliminating them.

Making Contributions

Bona Fide Party & Caucus Campaign Committees

Bona fide party and caucus committees' limits for contributions to most candidates are based on the jurisdiction's registered voter counts.  Registered voter counts & dollar amounts for 2018 candidates  Legislative district and county bona fide party committees may contribute only to candidates that are elected by voters living within the district or county.

Other Committees

Contributions to state and some local office candidates from all other political committees are:

ALLOWED AMOUNT OFFICE SOUGHT
$2,000 per election

state executive

judicial

port commissiooner - Seattle & Tacoma only

$1,000 per election

legislator

county office

mayor, city council

school director

hospital commi'r - King Co Dists 1 & 2 and SnoCo Dist 2 only

There are no limits on contributions given to candidates running for offices not listed here.  

Primary and General Contributions

Donors giving to candidates subject to contribution limits may make primary election contributions up to 30 days after the date of the primary if candidate loses in the primary and the candidate’s authorized committee has insufficient funds to pay primary debts outstanding as of the date of the primary.

No general election contribution is permitted after December 31 of the election year from any contributor -- except the candidate using personal funds for his or her own campaign.

Contributions to the Party & Caucus Committees

Bona fide parties and the caucus campaign committees may transfer money between themselves without limit, but other political committees contributing to them must observe these limits:

ALLOWED AMOUNT RECIPIENT
$5,500 per year

bona fide party committee non-exempt account

$1,000 per year

caucus campaign committee

 


 

Receiving Contributions

Contributions to a political committee are generally not limited, except for the limits on contributions to party and caucus campaign committees explained above and the last minute restriction explained below.

"Last Minute" Contributions Before the General Eleciton

During the 21 days before the general election:

  • a committee, other than a ballot measure committee, may not accept more than $5,000 from a single contributor, other than the state committee of a bona fide political party, and
  • legislative district and county bona fide party committees and caucus campaign committees may not give more than $5,000 to a local office candidate or more than $50,000 to a statewide office candidate.