A federal judge sided Friday with four supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler who sued the state last month over campaign contribution limits for non-party candidates.

Under Maine law, party candidates can draw $1,500 contributions from each donor for the June primary as well as the general election even if the candidates don’t face a primary challenger. Neither of Cutler’s opponents, Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, had a primary challenger, yet each can still collect $3,000 per contributor for two elections, while Cutler’s campaign maxes out at $1,500 per donor.

Judge's ruling on campaign contributions
Four plaintiffs – Amy Woodhouse, Richard Tobey Scott, William Hastings and J. Thomas Franklin – sued the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, contending that the law unfairly benefits major party candidates.

The 18-page ruling by U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby granted a preliminary injunction that allows Cutler supporters to contribute a maximum of $3,000 instead of $1,500.

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