Campaign Bills Win Final OK from Mich. Legislature

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to double the maximum contributions to political candidates and block a plan to require disclosure of donors to certain kinds of election ads.

The Republican-backed legislation passed the Senate Thursday after narrowly clearing the House a day before.

The bills double campaign finance limits and allow them to rise with inflation over time. Candidates have to file more statements in non-election years, and the legislation now requires political robocalls to include contact information for the groups behind them.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson last month proposed public disclosure of who pays for "issue" ads that don't directly ask for a yes or no vote on candidates. But fellow Republicans are putting the current rules into law, saying her move would violate free speech rights.

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