Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 2: Elections

Chapter 10: Campaign Finances

Part 3: Campaign Contributions Limits

TCA 2-10-302: Contribution limits.

(a)  No person shall make contributions to any candidate with respect to any election which, in the aggregate, exceed:

     (1)  For an office elected by statewide election, two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500); or

     (2)  For any other state or local public office, one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(b)  No multicandidate political campaign committee shall make contributions to any candidate with respect to any election which, in the aggregate, exceed:

     (1)  For an office elected by statewide election or the senate, seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500); and

     (2)  For any other state or local public office, five thousand dollars ($5,000).

(c)  With respect to contributions from multicandidate political campaign committees for each election:

     (1)  No candidate for an office elected by statewide election shall accept in the aggregate more than fifty percent (50%) of the candidate's total contributions from multicandidate political campaign committees; and

     (2)  No candidate for any other state or local public office shall accept in the aggregate more than seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) from multicandidate political campaign committees.

In determining the aggregate limits established by this subsection (c), contributions made to a candidate by a committee controlled by a political party on the national, state, or local level or by a caucus of such political party established by members of either house of the general assembly are not included.
(d) (1) Each contribution limit established in subsection (a), (b) or (c) shall be adjusted to reflect the percentage of change in the average consumer price index (all items-city average), as published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, for the period of January 1, 1996, through December 31, 2010. Each such adjustment shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of one hundred dollars ($100). The registry of election finance shall publish each such adjusted amount on its web site.

(2) On January 1, 2013, and every two (2) years thereafter, each contribution limit established in subsection (a), (b) or (c), as adjusted pursuant to subdivision (d)(1), shall be further adjusted to reflect the percentage of change in the average consumer price index (all items-city average), as published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics, for the two-year period immediately preceding. Each such adjustment under this subdivision (d)(2) shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of one hundred dollars ($100). The registry of election finance shall publish each such adjusted amount on its web site.

History: Acts 1995, ch. 531, SC 1; 2003, ch. 416, SC 1; 2011, ch. 389, SC 4.