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US Judge Blocks Part Of Miss. Campaign Finance Law

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Jackson - A federal judge in north Mississippi has declared that part of the state's campaign finance law is unconstitutional.
    
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that Mississippi has a "convoluted" law that requires finance reports to be filed when a person or group spends at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.
    
Aycock says the $200 threshold is too low for the "substantial burdens" it puts on people.
    
Five north Mississippi residents filed the lawsuit challenging the finance law in 2011. They were supporting a ballot initiative that ultimately was approved by voters that year, limiting the government's use of eminent domain to take private land.
    
Attorney General Jim Hood defended the law, saying it was not burdensome. It was not immediately clear whether he'll appeal Aycock's ruling.

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