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FEC Drops Soft Money Limit Opposing Schwarzenegger Remapping Measure

Sacramento, CA — The Federal Election Commission voted today to let members of Congress raise unlimited “soft money” donations to fight Governor Schwarzenegger´s redistricting initiative.

The 6-0 decision by the commission comes in response to a request from Congressmen Howard Berman, a Democrat from North Hollywood, and John Doolittle, a Republican from Rocklin, both of whom oppose the redistricting plan.

The decision lets federal officeholders raise unlimited sums from unions, corporations and other donors to support or oppose any measure on the November special election ballot.

Commissioners say usual limits should not apply in the special election in part because there are no federal officials on the ballot. Schwarzenegger´s campaign committee will not be bound by limits in raising money to boost Proposition 77.