FEC Adjusts Penalty Amounts for Inflation - State and Federal Communications

January 11, 2022  •  

FEC Adjusts Penalty Amounts for Inflation

FEC; Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

On January 11, the Federal Election Commission announced its civil monetary penalty amounts adjusted for inflation. The potential fines for civil violations of federal campaign finance laws have increased to range from $6,523 to $76,280, from the previous range of $6,141 to $71,812.

The amounts are calculated through a statutory formula applying the most recent “cost-of-living adjustment multiplier,” issued by the Office of Management and Budget, to the current amounts. The amended civil monetary penalties took effect as of December 28, 2021, the publication date in the Federal Register.

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