Fed court rules in NM campaign contribution case

Posted at: 12/18/2013 2:42 PM
By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - The state Republican Party, GOP lawmakers and others have been handed a victory by a federal appeals court as they continue to challenge New Mexico's cap on certain campaign contributions.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a lower court was right in issuing a preliminary injunction to keep the state from imposing limitations on certain contributions going to and from political parties and political action committees.

At issue is whether political committees that aren't formally affiliated with a political party or candidate can receive unlimited contributions for independent expenditures.

The Republicans argue the state's cap on such contributions is unconstitutional.

The state appealed, arguing that limiting such contributions is in New Mexico's interest as it tries to prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption in campaign spending.

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