Group asks judge to suspend campaign giving limits

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Apr 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group challenging a Minnesota campaign finance law is asking a federal judge to suspend a cap on some campaign contributions.

The Minnesota branch of the Institute for Justice contends that "special source" limits on how much a candidate can take from lobbyists, wealthy donors and political funds have a chilling effect on free speech.

Currently, state law limits the total amount Minnesota candidates can take from certain types of contributors.

But Minnesota Solicitor General Alan Gilbert says the plaintiffs, who include two donors and two candidates, haven't proved the rules prevent free speech.

The group wants a ruling allowing donors and candidates to avoid the limits this campaign year.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said he'll decide soon whether the state needs to suspend the rules.

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