State Board of Election voted unanimously to lift the existing $150,000 limit on campaign donations by individuals, citing recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court. Individuals will now be able to fund as many candidates and political groups as they choose. New York laws have long been criticized for making it easy for corporations to funnel unlimited cash to parties and candidates. The lifting on the individual restriction comes just before the high-stakes statewide elections and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo is involved in intense negotiations with the Legislature over campaign finance reform.
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