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Watchdog: GOP gains most from higher contribution limits

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new analysis finds that Republican statehouse candidates benefited more than Democrats from Wisconsin's doubled campaign contribution limits during the first six months of the year.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the net GOP advantage was about $25,000, or less than 1 percent of the $2.6 million raised by all legislative candidates in the first half of 2016.

But Matthew Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which conducted the analysis, says it reflects how a smaller number of people are playing a larger role in funding candidates and influencing public policy. He says that's not a healthy development.

The watchdog group found 290 donations that exceeded the old limits, which were doubled under new laws that took effect at the beginning of the year.

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