Illinois could lift donation caps in 'super PAC' races

May 31, 2012

The Illinois House has approved a plan to drop campaign-donation limits in races where super PACs jump in with big money. 

The legislation would apply in races where an independent super PAC spends more than $100,000 supporting a legislative candidate or $250,000 supporting a statewide candidate. If that happens, the opposing candidate would not have to follow the state's new limits on donations. The bill passed 63-55 yesterday in the Illinois House and now goes to the Senate. Government watchdog groups fear this will create a loophole for big money to pour into political races. But House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says it would let candidates "fight fire with fire" if they're targeted by super PACs with deep pockets.