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Stephen Breyer
Court strikes political donor caps
Court strikes political donor caps

A divided Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits on how much money wealthy donors may spend on elections, a decision that could pour vast sums of new cash into the nation's increasingly expensive system of campaign finance. The 5-4 ruling Wednesday, which drew a pointed response from the court's dissenting liberals, will have broad implications for federal elections but also could affect contests in Maryland — including this year's race for governor — by undermining similar contribution limits called for in state law. Writing for the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the caps on political donations did little to address corruption but...