More money is coming to an election near you.
A little noticed and until recently unenforced provision of an ethics law passed in 2000 will allow big-money campaign donors to have more influence on future elections.
The amount donors can contribute to candidates for statewide office has risen $2,300 since 2006 and will continue to rise each election cycle. For candidates for the state Legislature, the limit has jumped $800 in the same period.
The law says campaign contribution limits should be increased each election cycle, based on the consumer price index.
The most recent increase came this month. Individual donors can now give statewide candidates $11,800 —- and an additional $3,500 if they face a runoff. Presidential candidates’ limit, by comparison, is $2,300 each for the primary and general election.