Campaign Contribution Limit Increased To $6,400 Per Election

RALEIGH – Effective January 1, 2023, the contribution limit for North Carolina candidates and political committees increased by $800 per election, from $5,600 to $6,400. No individual or political committee may contribute more than $6,400 to a candidate committee or political committee in any election.

Pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 163-278.13(b), at the beginning of each odd-numbered calendar year, the State Board of Elections is required to calculate and publish the contribution limit based on changes to the consumer price index (all items – U.S. city average). The 2023 change is based on the 14.3477% increase in the index from July 2020 to July 2022.

The increase in the contribution limit is four times greater than the increase between 2019 and 2021, when the limit increased by $200 per election.

A notice of the increase was published in the North Carolina Register on January 3.

There are a few exceptions to the contribution limit:

  • A candidate or candidate’s spouse may contribute unlimited amounts to that candidate’s committee.
  • Any national, state, district or county executive committee of any political party recognized under N.C.G.S. § 163-96 is exempt from contribution limits.
  • If there is a primary and a general election, the political committee may receive $6,400 from a contributor between the beginning of the election cycle and the day of the primary, and another $6,400 from the same contributor beginning the day after the primary through the end of the election year.

For more information about contribution limits, visit the following web pages:


  1. Why in the world does the SCOTUS allow *ANY* limit? It is an obvious violation of our 1FA rights. Only Socialist Lib Snowflakes want to put limits on how an AMERICAN can spend their own money! #

      • @Grandma: Um… no. The Citizens United ruling clearly stated that the first amendment prohibits the government from restricting political donations for companies and associations. I’m suggesting that individuals should have the SAME (if not more) rights than companies. The Buckley decision was a first step in the right direction. The Randall decision (in 2006) was another good win for the First Amendment (overruling the Socialist-minded Vermont regulation that attempted to place even more limits on what we can spend our money on!). The government has NO RIGHT to tell anyone what they can spend their money on and who they can support.

  2. We should be lowering contribution limits to prevent undue influence of our elections. Big corporations and industries should not be allowed to contribute and all lobbyists need to be unemployed. Lobbying should not be a reality, the public servants we hire should be doing what their constituents want not what lobbyists pay for.

    • @JenR: NOPE! The overwhelming majority of Americans are VERY happy with the job our public servants are performing — that’s why incumbents have an average 94% re-election rate. If people were unhappy with the status quo, they’d vote for different people! Letting the government tell you how much $$$ you can spend on specific items is the first step towards SOCIALISM! Here in USA, you should be free to give as much money to whomever you want. If you want more government control, try moving to SOCIALIST Europe!

  3. There should be a limit on the amount of money the rich corprations and the rich individuals can contribute to get their canadiate elected. I’m talking about the donors who contribute tens of millions of dollars, not the average individual who gives maybe 10 or 20 thousand.

    • @SamT: So want different rules for different types of people? I don’t think you can get more UNAMERICAN than that! Why punish rich people — we have the same rights as you do! Snowflakes like you have forgotten that in this country, we’re all have equal rights. If you want the government to pick winners and losers, and make different rules for different people, go move to China!

      • @Tell I believe you are the UNAMERICAN who complained about deployed service members being able to vote by absentee ballots.
        Moving, socialism, snowflakes, and never thinking you’re wrong are a constant in your posts. NRN.

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