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New York: 7 PACs over-contributed to legislative campaigns

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports: At least seven political-action committees have violated campaign-donation limits in recent years with excess contributions to legislative campaign committees, government-watchdog groups charged Monday.

The groups said more than $30,000 was donated over the limits between 2000 and 2006, in amounts ranging from $100 to $15,600.

"As riddled with loopholes as the campaign-finance law is in New York, even the law that exists isn't enforced," Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Re-search Group said. "It's a bad, horrible, disgraceful system."

State law now limits contributions by political-action committees, known as PACs, to $84,400 a year for party and campaign committees, which Horner and the other critics said is far too high. But some of the PACs gave even more, according to a review of the records by the watchdog groups, which also include the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and the Sierra Club. -- PoughkeepsieJournal.com - Groups: Campaign-finance violators found

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