NM GOP Wants Court To Block Law Limiting Campaign Contributions

New Mexico – The state Republican Party, GOP legislators and others are asking a federal court to invalidate part of a newly imposed state law limiting certain campaign contributions.

They filed a lawsuit Friday contending it's unconstitutional to cap the amount that can be contributed to political parties and restrict how much they can give to local party organizations or candidates.

The contribution limits were enacted in 2009 but took effect after last year's general election. Previously, political committees and most candidates in New Mexico could accept contributions of any amount.

New Mexico law currently prohibits a political party from making or accepting contributions of more than $5,000 per election.

State Sen. Rod Adair of Roswell and state Rep. Conrad James of Albuquerque are among those bringing the lawsuit.

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