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High court strikes down overall contribution limits

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down another restriction on money in politics.

In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that limits on the overall amount an individual can donate to candidates and parties are unconstitutional. But they left in place the $2,600 cap on donations to an individual candidate. The ruling mirrors the 2010 decision allowing the formation of super PACS-- groups allowed to raise and funnel funds to candidates with no limit.

Vermont state lawmakers say they would have limited super PACS and total contributions in Vermont's campaign finance bill if not for the two cases.

"And I think with all the money being dumped into elections and into Washington, it's disenfranchising for the rest of us; there's no way we can keep up," said Rep. Donna Sweaney, D-Windsor.

The campaign finance bill, which passed in Vermont earlier this year, would have capped total contributions if the Supreme Court had not invalidated the limit.

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