Judge sets trial date for campaign contributions case

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A federal judge has set an April trial date in a case that could affect state campaign contributions limits in Alaska.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess said the trial is estimated to take five days. It is scheduled to start April 25th, about four months before the state’s primary elections.

An Anchorage state Republican party district and others are suing leaders of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, challenging the constitutionality of certain campaign contribution limits.

The lawsuit, among other things, challenges the $500 annual limit on individual contributions to candidates as too low and challenges the annual aggregate limit a candidate can solicit or accept from non-residents.

The Department of Law, which is representing the commission, has asked that the case be dismissed.