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Vt. lawmakers reach deal on campaign finance reform

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont lawmakers have reached a deal on campaign finance reform-- a bill that will actually increase the amount of money candidates can collect.

The agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators Tuesday would raise the amount of money that individuals can contribute to statewide candidates and political action committees from $2,000 to $4,000. The contribution limit rises to $10,000 for political parties.

Reform advocates had pushed for ways of reducing money in campaigns, but lawmakers who worked on the bill say in the era of unlimited spending by super PACs, the higher limits help level the playing field for candidates who don't get super PAC support.

Contribution limits for legislative candidates would decrease under the bill, from $2,000 to $1,500 for Senate candidates and $1,000 for House candidates.

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