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Maryland Won’t Enforce $10K Donor Limit After Ruling

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland elections officials say they will no longer enforce a $10,000 limit on donors’ contributions to state candidates during a four-year election cycle, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

A State Board of Elections memo distributed Friday states that while a person’s contributions are unlimited, they can’t exceed $4,000 to any one candidate.

The memo says the overall limit on donors’ contributions during a four-year cycle is no longer enforceable after the court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The court ruled that such limits violate constitutional protections of free speech.

The memo does not affect political action committees in Maryland, which are limited to $6,000 per candidate but aren’t subject to an overall cap.

The guidance takes effect immediately.

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