Contribution Limits

Candidates

Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”) §11-357

(a) No person shall make contributions to:

(1) A candidate seeking nomination or election to a two-year office or to a candidate committee in an aggregate amount greater than $2,000 during an election period;

(2) A candidate seeking nomination or election to a four-year nonstatewide office or to a candidate committee in an aggregate amount greater than $4,000 during an election period; or

(3) A candidate seeking nomination or election to a four-year statewide office or to a candidate committee in an aggregate amount greater than $6,000 during an election period.

(b) For purposes of this section, the length of term of an office shall be the usual length of term of the office as unaffected by reapportionment, a special election to fill a vacancy, or any other factor causing the term of the office the candidate is seeking to be less than the usual length of term of that office.

HRS §11-302

“Election period” means:

(1) The two-year period between the day after the general election through the day of the next general election, if a candidate is seeking nomination or election to a two-year office;

(2) The four-year time period between the day after the general election through the day of the next general election, if a candidate is seeking nomination or election to a four-year office; or

(3) For a special election, the period between the day after the general election for that office through the day of the special election.

Hawaii Administrative Rules §3-160-31(f)

A person’s contributions to a candidate shall not be aggregated if the candidate previously campaigned for and appeared on the ballot for a different elective office and the two offices have overlapping election periods.

Governor

Contribution Limit-$6,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022

Lt. Governor

Contribution Limit-$6,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022

State Senate

Districts 2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 25
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for State Senate, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2022 Two-Year Election Period (Due to Reapportionment)-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

District 16
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period (Due to 2020 Special Election)-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period (Due to Reapportionment)-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

District 19
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period (Due to 2018 Special Election Held for this District)-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period (Due to Reapportionment)-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

Districts 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for State Senate, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

State House of Representatives

Contribution Limit-$2,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

Honolulu Mayor

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Honolulu Mayor, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Honolulu City Council

Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Honolulu City Council, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Districts 2, 6, 8
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for Honolulu City Council, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

District 4
Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2022 Election Period-April 14, 2019 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for Honolulu City Council, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

Hawaii Mayor

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Hawaii Mayor, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Hawaii County Council

Contribution Limit-$2,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

Maui Mayor

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for Maui Mayor, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

Maui County Council

Contribution Limit-$2,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

Kauai Mayor

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for Kauai Mayor, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

Kauai Prosecuting Attorney

Contribution Limit-$4,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Kauai Prosecuting Attorney, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Kauai County Council

Contribution Limit-$2,000 per person during an election period
2020 Two-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020
2022 Two-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Hawaii, Kauai, Molokai, At-Large (1)
Contribution Limit-$6,000 per person during an election period
2020 Four-Year Election Period-November 9, 2016 through November 3, 2020
(Candidates running in the 2020 election for Office of Hawaiian Affairs, who also ran for state or county office in 2018, have a two-year election period that runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020)

2024 Four-Year Election Period-November 4, 2020 through November 5, 2024

Oahu, Maui, At-Large (3)
Contribution Limit-$6,000 per person during an election period
2022 Four-Year Election Period-November 7, 2018 through November 8, 2022
(Candidates running in the 2022 election for OHA, who also ran for state or county office in 2020, have a two-year election period that runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022)

Noncandidate Committees

HRS §11-358

No person shall make contributions to a noncandidate committee in an aggregate amount greater than $1,000 in an election.  For the 2020 election, the primary election period runs from April 14, 2019 through August 8, 2020, and the general election period runs from August 9, 2020 through November 3, 2020.  For the 2022 election, the primary election period runs from November 4, 2020 through August 13, 2022, and the general election period runs from August 14, 2022 through November 8, 2022.

Noncandidate Committees Making Solely Independent Expenditures (“Super PACs”)

These are noncandidate committees that have registered and certified with the Commission that they will only be making independent expenditures.  “Independent expenditures” means an expenditure expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate that is not made in concert or cooperation with or at the suggestion of the candidate, the candidate committee, a party, or their agents.  See, HRS §11-302.

As a result of a federal lawsuit entitled Yamada, et al v. Weaver, et al., the Commission is enjoined from enforcing the $1,000 contribution limit as provided in HRS §11-358.  Therefore, there is no limit on contributions to noncandidate committees making solely independent expenditures.

NOTE:  Please be aware that if a noncandidate committee making solely independent expenditures makes or directs a contribution to a candidate or candidate committee, or coordinates an expenditure with a candidate or candidate committee, it will not be considered a noncandidate committee making solely independent expenditures.  Thus, the contribution limit of $1,000 as specified in HRS §11-358 will be applied.

Political Parties

HRS §11-360

(a) No person shall make contributions to a party in an aggregate amount greater than $25,000 in any two-year election period, except as provided in subsection (b).

(b) No political committee established and maintained by a national political party shall make contributions to a party in an aggregate amount greater than $50,000 in any two-year election period.

(c) If a person makes a contribution to a party that is earmarked for a candidate or candidates, the contribution shall be deemed to be a contribution from both the original contributor and the party distributing such funds to a candidate or candidates. The earmarked funds shall be promptly distributed by the party to the candidate.

“Political committees established and maintained by a national political party” means:

(1) The National Committee;

(2) The House Campaign Committee; and

(3) The Senate Campaign Committee.

For the 2020 election, the two-year election period runs from November 7, 2018 through November 3, 2020.  For the 2022 election, the two-year election period runs from November 4, 2020 through November 8, 2022.

Ballot Issue Committees

HRS §11-358

There is no limit on the amount of contributions to ballot issue committees.