Huckabee Lists PAC with Virginia, Has No Limit on Donations

DECEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 3:27 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Huckabee can take in unlimited donations at a fundraiser set for Saturday in Little Rock because his political action committee is registered in Virginia, where there is no cap on donations. Arkansas limits donations to a PAC to $5,000 per year.

Huckabee's PAC, Hope For America, has provided money to political candidates in Iowa and Arkansas. Huckabee is considering a run for president in 2008 but officials say he won't be able to use funds from the Hope For America PAC for a presidential run. Candidates who start exploratory committees are able to accept per-person contributions of $2,100 per election cycle.

Huckabee, a Republican who leaves office January ninth, is charging $500 per person for his Christmas gala. Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense, is to play after the event in a concert that costs $50 per ticket.

Huckabee says on the PAC's Web site that he needs a strong showing from Arkansas donors. That would show strong support in his home state in advance of a presidential run.

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