A federal judge threw out parts of Illinois’ campaign finance law on Tuesday, prompting a warning by one watchdog group that huge amounts of unregulated cash will soon begin arriving into the state’s political system.
Among the parts tossed by US District Judge Marvin Aspen, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was the state’s limit on how much money individuals could give to political action committees.
An official with Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a group that originally helped establish the law, told the newspaper the decision will essentially create an environment ripe for the types of Super PACs that are currently pumping loads of money into presidential politics.
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