Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Lawmaker wants limits on contributions waived
By SUZANNE GAMBOAAssociated Press
WASHINGTON — A Texas congressman wants limits on campaign contributions waived for some of his donors now that his district was declared unconstitutional and his primary voided.
U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas, is seeking his eighth term in a competitive Nov. 7 special election that already has drawn two Democratic challengers. His re-election in District 23 became less certain in June when the Supreme Court ruled the 2003 Legislature violated Hispanics' voting rights when it redrew his district.
Donors can give a maximum $2,100 per election and some of had already reached that limit. But Bonilla says tallies should be restarted as though the donors who've given the maximum had never given him any money. The Federal Election Commission scheduled a meeting Aug. 29 to consider his question.
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Terry's Comment: Bonilla's Republican donors have already given him a War chest far larger than his Democratic opponents have. I do wonder if these donors are aware of the fact that Bonilla might be building himself a retirement cache to use after he loses.
Terry D. Barhorst Sr.
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