UPDATE: Judge signs off on deal ending donation cap

UPDATED Thursday, May 22, 2014 --- 3:35 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has signed off on an agreement that will result in the state of Wisconsin no longer enforcing a cap on how much people can donate in total to candidates running for office.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman on Thursday signed the settlement agreement reached between the state and donor Fred Young of Racine. The deal, first announced two weeks ago, ended a federal lawsuit and brought the state law in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The nation's high court struck down overall limits on how much individual donors can give to multiple candidates for Congress and political committees.

The Wisconsin law prohibited donors from giving more than $10,000 a year to all candidates. The settlement will result in that law no longer being enforced.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 --- 10:04 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state of Wisconsin has agreed to stop enforcing a limit on how much people can donate in total to candidates running for office, bringing state law in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The state Department of Justice on Thursday released a settlement it reached in a federal lawsuit brought challenging the limits.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month struck down overall limits on how much donors can give to multiple candidate for Congress and political committees.

Wisconsin law prohibits donors from giving more than $10,000 a year to all candidates. That is what donor Fred Young challenged in a federal lawsuit brought in Milwaukee.

The settlement was submitted Thursday to U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to sign.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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