House wants increased donor limits

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May 16, 2013 at 6:30 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota House has passed a bill that raises the maximum donations that candidates for office can accept from donors.

The bill passed 111-22 on Wednesday with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The increased limits were suggested by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to help offset a surge of campaign spending from independent political groups not subject to donation limits.

The House bill would let candidates for governor accept up to $6,000 from individual donors over a four year period, up from the current $3,500. State House candidates could accept up to $1,500 per donor, up from $600. New upper limits for other candidates fall in between.

Gov. Mark Dayton has been a vocal backer of raising donation limits. The bill heads back to the state Senate.

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