Challenge to Alaska's campaign donation limits now in the hands of a judge

    The legal challenge to Alaska's campaign donation limits is now in the hands of a judge.

    Posted Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 10:10am by Colt Dylan

    The legal challenge to Alaska's campaign donation limits is now in the hands of a judge.

    A trial concluded Tuesday at federal court in Anchorage, with U-S District Judge Timothy Burgess questioning lawyers why the annual limit on contributions to candidates was set at 500 dollars.

    It used to be 1-thousand dollars but was lowered in 2006 by Alaska voters.

    Burgess added that there was no "legitimate" evidence that a 3-thousand dollar cap on total donations by out-of-state residents would reduce political corruption.

    The plaintiffs, including District 18 of the Alaska Republican Party and other individuals, argue that the rules violate the rights of donors to support candidates.

    The Alaska Dispatch reports that Burgess could rule in about a month.

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