Judge signs off on deal ending donation cap

Voting stations are ready for voters at the De Pere Community Center, April 1, 2014.
Voting stations at the De Pere Community Center are seen on April 1, 2014. (WLUK/Pauleen Le)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has signed off on an agreement that will result in the state of Wisconsin no longer enforcing a cap on how much people can donate in total to candidates running for office.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman on Thursday signed the settlement agreement reached between the state and donor Fred Young of Racine. The deal, first announced two weeks ago, ended a federal lawsuit and brought the state law in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The nation’s high court struck down overall limits on how much individual donors can give to multiple candidates for Congress and political committees.

The Wisconsin law prohibited donors from giving more than $10,000 a year to all candidates. The settlement will result in that law no longer being enforced.

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