Campaign spending limits can’t keep big-money backers away

Rules allow PACs into local politics


 

Campaign spending rules are intended to help level the playing field for candidates seeking local office, but some say expenditure limits are also about public perception.

While the rules work to ensure an individual contributor can’t buy a candidate’s way into office, the candidates themselves, as well as deep-pocketed outside interest groups, don’t have to abide by limits.

Common in state and federal elections, big spending by political action committees, known as PACs, has largely ...

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