Idaho law limiting campaign contributions unchanged by Supreme Court decision

April 3, 2014 

Idaho's limits on campaign contributions are unaffected by Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision lifting limits on wealthy donors to federal candidates and party committees.

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said Thursday that Idaho's Sunshine Law, enacted by voters in a 1974 initiative, remains intact after the court's 5-4 decision in McCutcheon.

Idaho's per-election contribution limits are $1,000 for legislative candidates and $5,000 for statewide candidates.

Federal law will continue to limit contributions to candidates for president, U.S. Senate and U.S. House to $2,600 per election. Both state and federal law allows individuals to contribute the maximum in both primary and general elections.

Unlike federal law, corporations may also directly contribute to candidates for Idaho offices.

McCutcheon allows large contributors to give to more candidates and lifts caps for giving to political parties. The overturned cap was $48,600 for contributions to all federal candidates in a two-year federal election cycle.

Under Federal Election Commission rules that were struck down, a donor could give the maximum amount to fewer than 10 candidates before hitting the cap. The ceiling for giving to political parties was higher, at $32,400 per year to a national party and $10,000 a year to a state or local party and a separate aggregate limit of $74,600.

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