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2024 Elections

Follow the Money - Campaign Finance

The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) limits the amount of money individuals and political organizations can give to a candidate running for federal office. You can donate to more than one candidate in each federal election. The current contribution limits are $3300 to each candidate during the primaries and $3300 to each candidate during the general election. (Source: Federal Campaign Finance Laws)

Dark Money in Political Campaigns

“Dark money” refers to spending meant to influence political outcomes where the source of the money is not disclosed. Here’s how dark money makes its way into elections:

  • Politically active nonprofits such as 501(c)(4)s are generally under no legal obligation to disclose their donors even if they spend to influence elections. When they choose not to reveal their sources of funding, they are considered dark money groups.
  • Opaque nonprofits and shell companies may give unlimited amounts of money to super PACs. While super PACs are legally required to disclose their donors, some of these groups are effectively dark money outlets when the bulk of their funding cannot be traced back to the original donor.