- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans who control the state Assembly have introduced a bill that would reshape Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws.

The measure would double the amount of contributions candidates for state and local office could accept and calls for adjusting those limits every five years to account for inflation.

The measure also prohibits candidates from coordinating with outside groups on express advocacy, communications that ask voters to elect or defeat a specific candidate. It doesn’t place any regulations on coordination on issue advocacy, communications that focus on a candidate’s policies but don’t specifically call for his or her election or defeat.

Those changes mirror a state Supreme Court ruling this past summer that found campaigns and outsiders can coordinate on issue advocacy because the communications amount to free speech.

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