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Political Contribution Limits Ended by Supreme Court

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A major ruling from the Supreme Court is expected to affect the role of money in politics.

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court eliminated limits on the amount that people can donate to political campaigns in a single election season.

The case itself, was brought up by an Alabama businessman who argued that the contribution ceilings were an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.   The Supreme Court agreed.

But, the court left intact a $2,600 cap, which is how much a person can contribute to a single candidate per election.

Erie County Clerk of Elections Doug Smith says that he doesn't expect the ruling to have a major impact on our area.

"I don't see it having a big affect here, in terms of local races, or even in terms of House or Senate races for Pennsylvania," said Smith.  "But, certainly, it's going to become a factor in congressional races." 

The primary election is on May 20, while the general election is on November 4.

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