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Campaign finance ruling will echo in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Supreme Court's decision that corporations can spend freely to support or oppose candidates is sure to have an impact in Wisconsin.

The ruling released Thursday could thwart an attempt by lawmakers and state regulators to limit political spending by special interest groups that have become a major force in the state.

Just this week, the Wisconsin Senate approved a bill that would require such groups to disclose their donors and abide by certain fundraising limits. Its supporters acknowledged the high court could wipe out the restrictions with its ruling.

The decision removes limits on independent expenditures that are not coordinated with candidates' campaigns but leaves in place a prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions.

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