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In Chambers

| Fall 2016 15

I

n Texas, candidates and elected officeholders

are subject to regulation by Title 15 of the

Election Code, the state’s campaign finance

law, and the administrative rules adopted by

theTexas Ethics Commission.

1

In addition, judicial can-

didates and officeholders must comply with the Judicial

Campaign Fairness Act (JCFA), which imposes restric-

tions and requirements on certain judicial candidates

and officeholders, including contribution and expendi-

ture limits.

2

The following six tips are intended to as-

sist judicial candidates and officeholders in complying

with the contribution limits in the JCFA. For complete

information regarding the campaign finance law, includ-

ing other restrictions and requirements in the JCFA,

3

please consult theTexas Ethics Commission’s

Campaign

Finance Guide for Judicial Candidates and Officeholders

.

4

Know your contribution limit

A judicial candidate may not accept political contribu-

tions from a person that exceed certain limits in con-

nection with an election.

5

The contribution limits are:

$5,000 for candidates for statewide judicial offices;

$5,000 for judicial districts with a population of

more than one million;

$2,500 for judicial districts with a population of

250,000 to one million; and

$1,000 for judicial districts with a population of

less than 250,000.

6

These limits apply to total contributions, both mon-

etary and non-monetary (in-kind), from an individual

or entity in connection with an election. A political

contribution is “in connection with” the next election

for the office occurring after the contribution is made,

unless

the contribution is designated in writing for a

specific election.

7

A judicial candidate or officeholder

should check the applicable population figures for the

office they are seeking in order to determine the con-

tribution limit for their particular race.

8

Tips fromthe

Texas Ethics

Commission to

Complywith

Judicial

Campaign

Fairness Act

Contribution

Limits

By Ms. Jessica Hurtado

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