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Minnesota On Hook For $100K In Legal Fees In Campaign Lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A settlement involving Minnesota campaign regulators requires the state to pay more than $100,000 in costs and attorney fees for a group that sued over contribution limits.

A letter submitted Monday to a federal judge says the settlement could be ratified this month by a panel of state lawmakers. It would then go before U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank for approval.

The Institute for Justice sued in 2014 over a law capping the number of large donations that candidates could accept before facing lower contribution limits. The group argued it was an infringement on free speech and the judge suspended the caps.

The group's lawyers and attorneys for the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board agreed to a $102,436 payment. That's $40,000 less in legal fees than plaintiffs sought.

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