Campaign contribution caps at issue at high court

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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In its first major campaign finance case since the Citizens United ruling in 2010, the Supreme Court is considering whether to undo some limits on contributions from the biggest individual givers to political campaigns. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky want the court to overturn the overall limits on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to throw out caps on some contributions by the biggest individual donors to political campaigns.

The court's conservative justices voiced repeated skepticism Tuesday about overall limits on what individuals may give in a two-year federal election cycle.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that telling an individual he can give the legal maximum of $2,600 per election to only a handful of candidates for Congress "seems to me a very direct restriction" on First Amendment rights.

The court did not appear willing to call into question all contribution limits in its first major campaign finance case since 2010.

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