A federal judge struck down part of Illinois' campaign finance law yesterday. Judge Marvin Aspen says Illinois cannot enforce contribution limits on independent political action committees. The abortion-rights group Personal PAC brought the case. Terry Cosgrove, president of Personal PAC, says out-of state groups like Wisconsin Right-to-Life can already raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. He says until yesterday's decision, that gave those other groups an unfair advantage:
"The playing field is now level, and we are very happy that we will be allowed to raise the necessary funds to advocate for reproductive rights in Illinois."
The ruling only applies to "Independent" PACs, which are prohibited from coordinating with candidates or political parties. Critics say the ruling could open the way for Super PACs in Illinois. At the national level, Super PACs have become notorious for pumping millions into the presidential contest.
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