Montana Code Annotated 2015

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     13-37-216. Limitations on contributions -- adjustment. (1) (a) Subject to adjustment as provided for in subsection (3) and subject to 13-35-227 and 13-37-219, aggregate contributions for each election in a campaign by a political committee or by an individual, other than the candidate, to a candidate are limited as follows:
     (i) for candidates filed jointly for the office of governor and lieutenant governor, not to exceed $500;
     (ii) for a candidate to be elected for state office in a statewide election, other than the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, not to exceed $250;
     (iii) for a candidate for any other public office, not to exceed $130.
     (b) A contribution to a candidate includes contributions made to any political committee organized on the candidate's behalf. A political committee that is not independent of the candidate is considered to be organized on the candidate's behalf.
     (2) All political committees except those of political party organizations are subject to the provisions of subsection (1). Political party organizations may form political committees that are subject to the following aggregate limitations, adjusted as provided for in subsection (3) and subject to 13-37-219, from all political party committees:
     (a) for candidates filed jointly for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, not to exceed $18,000;
     (b) for a candidate to be elected for state office in a statewide election, other than the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, not to exceed $6,500;
     (c) for a candidate for public service commissioner, not to exceed $2,600;
     (d) for a candidate for the state senate, not to exceed $1,050;
     (e) for a candidate for any other public office, not to exceed $650.
     (3) (a) The commissioner shall adjust the limitations in subsections (1) and (2) by multiplying each limit by an inflation factor, which is determined by dividing the consumer price index for June of the year prior to the year in which a general election is held by the consumer price index for June 2002.
     (b) The resulting figure must be rounded up or down to the nearest:
     (i) $10 increment for the limits established in subsection (1); and
     (ii) $50 increment for the limits established in subsection (2).
     (c) The commissioner shall publish the revised limitations as a rule.
     (4) A candidate may not accept any contributions, including in-kind contributions, in excess of the limits in this section.
     (5) For purposes of this section, "election" means the general election or a primary election that involves two or more candidates for the same nomination. If there is not a contested primary, there is only one election to which the contribution limits apply. If there is a contested primary, then there are two elections to which the contribution limits apply.

     History: En. 23-4795 by Sec. 1, Ch. 481, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 67, Ch. 365, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 23-4795; amd. Sec. 253, Ch. 571, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, I.M. No. 118, approved Nov. 8, 1994; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 462, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 328, L. 2007; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 94, L. 2009; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 330, L. 2013; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 259, L. 2015.

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