published Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

High court voids overall contribution limits

This file photo shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
This file photo shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

The justices said in a 5-4 vote Wednesday that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.

But their decision does not undermine limits on individual contributions to candidates for president or Congress, now $2,600 an election.

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