- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A federal court judge has rejected a challenge to Alaska’s campaign finance laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess in a ruling Monday says the state provided justification for limits on contributions to candidates.

A lawsuit filed by three individuals and a district of the Alaska Republican Party challenged state law that prohibits an individual from donating more than $500 annually to a candidate.

The lawsuit also sought to overturn state law that sets limits on the amount a candidate can accept from non-residents and the amount a political party may contribute to a candidate.

The Alaska Department of Law says Judge Burgess found the limits are constitutional.

Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth says campaign finance limits were enacted to bolster public trust in elections while balancing first amendment rights.

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