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Gov gets revamped campaign finance rules

Thu, 31 May 2012 17:09:46 CDT
By: AP

Illinois lawmakers are preparing themselves for free-spending super PACs for this fall's election. The Senate approved a measure Thursday that lifts campaign fundraising limits if an independent political group spends more than $100,000 in a legislative race. The threshold would be $250,000 in statewide races. The 30-26 vote sends the legislation to the governor. Sen. Don Harmon says his bill makes campaigns fairer because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that political groups not tied to a particular candidate may raise and spend unlimited dollars. A federal court ruled in March that it applies to Illinois interest groups. Opponents complained that the state's first-ever campaign finance limits just took effect this year. They restrict political action committee contributions to $50,000.

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