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Judge rejects NYS cap on donations to Super PACs

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has rejected New York State’s limit on contributions to independent political action committees.

Manhattan federal Judge Paul Crotty ruled Thursday that the $150,000 cap violates a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited spending in elections.

He said he disagreed with the high court’s decision but had to comply.

His ruling allows unlimited contributions to independent groups known as super PACs that aren’t officially affiliated with a candidate or political party.

A federal appeals court in October stopped enforcement of the cap after a challenge from the conservative group New York Progress and Protection PAC.

The group’s attorney told the Wall Street Journal that Crotty’s decision was a victory for the First Amendment.

The New York Times says the state attorney general’s office hasn’t decided whether to appeal.

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