Alaska has opted to raise all limits on donations to political candidates running for governor, legislative seats or posts at municipal level. This article by Nathaniel Herz is published by Anchorage Daily News. Here is an excerpt:
The commission charged with enforcing Alaska’s campaign finance laws has lifted all limits on donations to candidates for governor, state legislative seats and municipal races — a decision that could allow a huge wave of cash to flow into Anchorage elections next month and state elections in August.
The Alaska Public Offices Commission, in an order released late Thursday, eliminated the caps in response to a federal court’s decision in a years-long lawsuit that pitted free speech rights against limits set by state lawmakers to curb the influence of money on Alaska politics.
The federal court had invalidated Alaska’s $500-a-year individual donation limit to candidates, saying it was too low. But it did not set new limits, leaving the question of replacement caps in the hands of the commission and the state Legislature.
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