You are someone with a wad of cash that you want to
waste spend on the 2016 campaign. But, how much money can you actually donate? The Federal Election Commission is here to help!
Here are the newly-released FEC's contribution limits, indexed for inflation:
So, peel a $100,000 bill (yes, they did exist, and Woodrow Wilson was on them!) and a $50,000 bill (ok, that one doesn't exist) off your cash wad and consider yourself done for the election cycle.
What the chart above doesn't take into account is the Supreme Court ruling last year that wiped away aggregate limits for donors who want to give to lots of candidates and party committees. What that means in practical terms is this: An individual donor can only give $2,700 to a candidate (still). But, if you wanted to give $2,700 to, let's say, 100 candidates, you could. Ditto party committees, which can accept $33,400 per person.On top of that, as my indispensable colleague Matea Gold notes, an individual could give $100,200 to a party’s convention, recount and building funds. (That's $300,600 for you non-math majors out there.)
And then there is the world of super PACS, which, in case you have been hiding under a pile of coats for the last few years, can accept unlimited contributions. Already we are seeing candidates adjust their announcement schedules to accommodate an ability to collect more cash for their aligned super PACs.
So, $150,000-ish might be the required amount of flair -- to borrow an "Office Space" analogy -- but lots and lots of donors are going to do a lot more than the bare minimum. Be warned.