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Mississippi governor wants unlimited corporate contributions

[Mississippi] Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that if lawmakers remove limitations on corporate donations to political action committees from the campaign finance bill, he would reconsider his veto.

Barbour said the cap on contributions included in House Bill 1244 limits political participation instead of increasing disclosure.

The bill would limit corporate PAC contributions to $2,000, the same as donations to political candidates and political parties. Companies can now make unlimited contributions to PACs, which run political issue ads during campaigns.

"If the bill authors and the leadership of the Legislature would agree to simply take out the problem language and send me the rest of the bill, I would add the campaign finance bill to a special session agenda," Barbour said in a written statement. -- Gov. may rethink campaign finance bill (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)