State senator considering higher spending limits
The chairman of the Senate committee handling campaign finance issues is looking at raising spending limits for candidates who agree to abide by the caps.
Public and Municipal Affairs Chairman David Boutin, a Hooksett Republican, said he would like to raise how much donors can give from $10,000 to $14,000 in a primary and general election for those who agree to voluntarily limit their spending. The Telegraph reported that Boutin would raise the contribution amount from $2,000 to $7,000 for those who don’t agree to limit spending.
Voluntary limits for an entire state Senate election would jump from $40,000 to $100,000.
The higher limits would help candidates counter spending by independent groups that spent thousands of dollars trying to influence voters in the last election.