Group picks Alaska to challenge unlimited campaign donations

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A national group is focusing on Alaska in a bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a 2010 decision that upended how campaigns are run in this country.

The court decision paved the way for corporations and unions to make unlimited independent expenditures.

In Alaska, it was viewed by state officials as likely rendering several provisions of law prohibiting or limiting certain contributions unconstitutional.

Washington, D.C.-based Equal Citizens wants to test that interpretation but could face an uphill battle.

Equal Citizens is supporting complaints filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission over contributions made in the 2016 election to independent groups that backed Alaska legislative candidates.

Commission staff concluded the complaints should be rejected. If the commission agrees, the matter could be appealed to state court.

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