Texas Lobbying, Campaign Finance Thresholds Increase - State and Federal Communications

January 17, 2024  •  

Texas Lobbying, Campaign Finance Thresholds Increase

Texas lobbying and campaign finance thresholds have increased to reflect changes in the consumer price index.

The thresholds for lobbyist compensation and reimbursement increased from $1,760 to $1,870.

Lobbyist expenditures increased from $810 to $820 per calendar quarter, not including expenditures for an individual’s travel, food, lodging, or membership dues.

If a lobbyist does not intend to exceed $2,150 during a calendar year in expenditures, the lobbyist may file an annual report due on January 10.

Salary reporting thresholds have also increased.

Compensation or reimbursement required to be reported must be reported as an exact amount if the compensation or reimbursement received exceeds $1,076,130.

Regarding campaign finance, a general-purpose and specific-purpose committee may not accept political contributions or expenditures totaling more than $1,050 without filing a campaign treasurer appointment.

Other changes include PAC contribution and expenditure report increases for the amount of political contributions from each person in the aggregate exceeding $110 during the reporting period; the amount of loans that exceed in the aggregate $140; and the amount of political expenditures that exceed in the aggregate $220.

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