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cheap glasses State Rep. Mike BallMONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The two chairmen of the Alabama Legislature's election committees reacted favorably to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down federal limits on an individual's total giving to federal campaigns.On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on , who sued because his contributions to federal candidates were limited in the aggregate. That limit, which stood until today, was 3,200 to federal candidates, parties and political action committees, effective through 2013 and 2014. The ruling does not affect Alabama's laws on donations to state and local races.The court ruled the limits did not demonstrably reduce corruption, while infringing upon First Amendment rights to donate to campaigns and participate in elections. The ruling would now allow individuals to donate to as many federal campaigns, PACs and parties as they want to, without worrying about triggering a limit.Limits on donations to each federal candidate, party or PAC were upheld. Those limits are ,600 to a candidate, ,400 to a national political party and ,000 to a political action committee.Alabama does not limit contributions from individuals to state campaigns.State Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison, said limits on campaign donations often encourage donors to find loopholes. Ball, the chairman of the House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee, said he prefers to focus on disclosure and reporting laws that compel openness about who a candidate is taking campaign money from.State Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, said the court upheld disclosure, which was a key part of campaign finance reform that he helped pass Alabama in 2013. Taylor, the chairman of the Senate Constitution, Campaign, Finance, Ethics and Elections Committee, said he favored strong transparency laws over donation limits. Taylor said the state's transparency laws mandate reporting if more than ,000 of electioneering is done within 120 days of an election.
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