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IL joins fight to limit campaign contributions

Tue, 22 May 2012 12:01:10 CDT

Illinois is joining other states in support of regulating spending on state and local political races. The state signed on to an amicus brief filed with the US Supreme Court.   The justices are deciding whether to take up a Montana campaign financing case. Michael Kasper is an elections law professor at Loyola University:


"And so I think if anything a revising of the campaign finance rules by the Supreme Court and a tightening of them would permit more legislation that would perhaps tighten the rules in Illinois and other states."

The Montana law in question curtails corporate campaign spending on state and local races. Those limits were struck down at the federal level in a case called Citizens United. Illinois' state's attorney argues campaign finance limits help state and local governments fight corruption.

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