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Arkansas: Gov. Huckabee forms Virginia PAC

AP reports: Gov. Mike Huckabee can take in unlimited donations at a fundraiser set for Saturday in Little Rock because his political action committee is registered in Virginia, where there is no cap on donations. Arkansas limits donations to a PAC to $5,000 per year.

Huckabee's PAC, Hope For America, has provided money to political candidates in Iowa and Arkansas. Huckabee is considering a run for president in 2008 but he won't be able to use funds from the Hope For America PAC for his race if he announces for that office, Federal Election Commission spokesman Kelly Huff.

Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, said a prospective presidential candidate who forms an exploratory committee would be able to accept per-person contributions of $2,100 per election cycle.

Huckabee, who leaves office Jan. 9, is charging $500 per person for his Christmas gala. Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense, is to play after the event in a concert that costs $50 per ticket. -- Pine Bluff Commercial Online Edition

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