Campaign Limits & Laws

What are the campaign limits for candidates participating in the program?

Candidates participating in the Democracy Voucher Program must honor the following campaign limits for each office. These limits include contributions from Democracy Vouchers and monetary contributions.

A candidate may be released from the campaign limit by appealing to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Fundraising Limits for Participating CandidatesCity AttorneyCity Council
City Council

Campaign Spending Limits (Primary Election Only) $150,000 $150,000 $75,000 $400,000
Combined Campaign Spending Limits for Primary and General Election $300,000 $300,000 $150,000 $800,000

What are the new contribution limits?

Candidates in the program are subject to contribution limits of $300 from individual donors when running for City Attorney or City Council (not including $100 in Democracy Vouchers). Participating mayoral candidates are subject to contribution limits of $550 (including $100 in Democracy Vouchers).

Candidates not participating in the Democracy Voucher Program have a contribution limit of $550 from individual donors.

How many qualifying contributions and qualifying signatures are required for candidates in the program?

PositionNumber of Qualified Contributions 
City Council At-Large 400 qualified contributions & qualified signatures
City Council District

150 qualified contributions & qualified signatures (half must come from within the district)

City Attorney 400 qualified contributions & qualified signatures
Mayor 600 qualified contributions & qualified signatures