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D.C. Circuit strikes down individual contribution limit

Two months after the Supreme Court rejected a law limiting corporate spending on political campaigns, the nation's second-highest federal court unanimously decided today to overturn the $5,000 limit on individual contributions to political committees. The ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in SpeechNow.org v. FEC is among the first ripples spreading across campaign finance law after the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. It could result in fatter bankrolls for "political committees," such as 527 groups, which can advocate on issues as long as they do not coordinate with candidates or political parties.

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