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Alabama: no effective limit to companies' campaign contributions

The Birmingham News reports: Companies are sending millions of dollars to Alabama candidates each year by using a loophole in state law that allows them to hide their campaign contributions.

The companies write multiple checks on the same day to a series of PACs run by the same person. That money is sent to a candidate, often as a lump sum, without disclosing publicly the true source of the contribution.

The result is an alphabet-soup list of PACs on most candidates' campaign disclosures, providing little information about who funded the campaigns.

Instead of companies being limited to $500 each election cycle, as some interpret state law, the contributors are limited only by the number of checks they can write. -- Loophole lets firms hide contributions

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