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Deal Reached to Eliminate Wisconsin’s Aggregate Donation Limit

Good.  This was always a stupid law in my opinion on the books.  People are still limited to $10,000 per candidate, but the idea of limiting total contributions always seemed to make no sense, especially in years where many statewide offices are up.

This now frees up many donors to give simultaneously to both gubernatorial and attorney general campaigns; not to mention state legislative as well.  Apparently this scares liberals or something even though their rich donors aren’t handcuffed by the law anymore either.

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.

The case was “Young v. GAB.”   The U.S. Supreme Court case which paved the way for this deal was McClutchen vs. FEC.

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  • Wasn’t one of the six “successes” of John Doe I based on a violation of that aggregate limit?