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Campaign Contribution Limitations

Campaign contribution limitations that have been impacted by court cases.

Case: Greenbaum v. Bailey

Greenbaum v. Bailey: Bans on business entities and City Contractors.

The ban on corporate (non-individual) contributions under City Art. XIII Section 4(f) is enjoined by a federal court order in Greenbaum v. Bailey. The Order stands that the City cannot ban corporate or other entity, non-individual contributions. This is the overturned subsection in relation to that case:

(f) Ban on Contributions from Business Entities and City Contractors. No candidate shall accept a contribution in support of the candidate's campaign from any corporation, limited liability company, firm, partnership, joint stock company or similar business entity or any agent making a contribution on behalf of such a business entity. No candidate shall accept a contribution in support of the candidate's campaign from any person, other than a City employee, who at the time of the contribution is in a contractual relationship with the City to provide goods or services to the City. The remedy for an unknowing violation of this subsection shall be the return of the contribution.

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Case: Homans v City of Albuquerque

Homans v.City of Albuquerque: Caps on total campaign contributions and expenditures

The Homans case banned caps on total campaign contributions and expenditures. This subsection is overturned:

(d) Limits to Campaign Financing. No candidate shall allow or accept contributions or make expenditures in excess of the following for any election:

  1. To a candidate for the office of Councillor, contributions or expenditures equal to twice the amount of the annual salary paid by the City of Albuquerque to Councillors as of the date of filing of the Declaration of Candidacy.
  2. To a candidate for the office of Mayor, contributions or expenditures equal to twice the amount of the annual salary paid by the City of Albuquerque to the Mayor as of the date of filing of the Declaration of Candidacy.

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Limits in Effect

The following limits per individual or corporation or entity remain unchallenged and are still in effect:

(e) Limits to Contributions. No candidate shall, for any one election, allow total contributions from any one person with the exception of contributions from the candidate himself or herself of more than 5% of the annual salary for such office at the time of filing the Declaration of Candidacy.