Monday, February 8, 2016

House agrees to double donor limit ahead of pivotal election

(AP) — House Democrats and Republicans agreed to double how much money people can donate to political candidates in the November elections.

House lawmakers voted 71-22 to increase individual contribution limits to $2,000 per person from $1,000. The increased limits take effect July 15.

The Kentucky House is the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats. But Republicans could seize control for the first time since 1920 if they pick up enough seats in November. Democrats have a 50-46 majority now. Four special elections are scheduled March 8. Every House member is up for re-election in November.

Some Democrats opposed the new limits, with state Rep. Tom Riner of Louisville saying the bill puts democracy on the auction block.


Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says the Senate is likely to approve the bill.