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Judge strikes down political fundraising limits in San Diego

January 20, 2012 |  6:34 pm

On the eve of a San Diego mayoral campaign, a federal judge Friday struck down the city's ban on political contributions from unions and corporations and its $1,000 limit on contributions from political parties.

Federal Judge Irma Gonzalez sided with a lawsuit filed by the local Republican party and a builders and contractors group that the city's attempt to restrict political financing is a violation of free speech.

The ruling was immediately hailed by the plaintiffs.

"It should be noted that campaign finance laws are written by incumbents to protect incumbents who have the natural advantages of holding office such as name ID, staff, access to press, etc.," said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the local GOP.

--Tony Perry in San Diego