A judicial candidate may not accept political contributions from a person that exceed the following limits in connection with an election in which the candidate’s name appears on the ballot:
These limits apply to total contributions, both monetary and in-kind, from an individual or from an entity in connection with an election. The limits apply to both opposed and unopposed candidates.
The campaign finance law prohibits corporate and/or union political contributions. This restriction does not apply to contributions from professional corporations or law firms. Partnerships that include one or more corporate partners are subject to the prohibition.
The Judicial Campaign Fairness Act places an additional restriction on contributions from law firms and from persons who are part of a “law firm group.” A law firm group includes a law firm as well as any general-purpose committee established and controlled by a law firm or by a member of a law firm; any partner, associate, shareholder, or employee of a law firm; any person designated "of counsel" to the firm or "of the firm;" and any spouse of a member of the law firm.
The restriction applicable to contributions from a law firm group is somewhat complicated: In connection with any one election in which a judicial candidate’s name appears on the ballot, a judicial candidate or a specific-purpose political committee for supporting or opposing a judicial candidate, may not accept a contribution of more than $50 from a member of a law firm group if the total of all contributions already accepted from members of the law firm group exceeds the following limits (or if the contribution would cause the total to exceed the following limits):
(Contributions from any member of the law firm group, including the law firm itself, may not exceed any other applicable restriction. For example, an individual lawyer could contribute no more than $5,000 to a supreme court candidate in connection with a primary election in which the candidate’s name appears on the ballot.)